Coastal Fire Centre said a bush fire sparked by lightning Sunday near the top of Mount Benson is under control and in the mop-up stages of the firefighting operation. (News Bulletin file photo)

Blaze on Mount Benson brought under control

Coastal Fire Centre says mountaintop fire sparked by lightning is in mop-up stage

A bush fire on Mount Benson, triggered by lightning, is under control and in the mop-up stages.

The fire was first reported at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday during a lightning storm that sparked multiple fires on the Island.

“Lots of citizens in Nanaimo saw smoke and called it in to the fire centre,” said Dorthe Jakobson, Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer. “People driving by on the highway. From Nanaimo Airport we got calls, so lots of eyes were on that one and we got to it quick and it’s under control.”

The fire grew to about 0.6 hectares before it was knocked down.

Coast Fire Centre responded with a helicopter and a crew of firefighters was dispatched to the location to deal with the blaze, which was being mopped up Tuesday.

“We picked up about 30 new fires since Sunday night because of the storm,” Jakobson said.
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