UPDATE: Fire in the bush in Harewood fully contained and under control

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and B.C. forestry firefighters on scene Tuesday

Firefighters have fully contained a bush fire that burned overnight Monday and Tuesday.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and B.C. forestry crews were on scene Tuesday morning mopping up a 0.8-hectare bush fire near Harewood Mines Road.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue was called out to the scene a little after 9 p.m. Monday night and the fire was added to B.C. Wildfire Service’s map of active wildfires.

By about 9 a.m. Tuesday, the fire was being mopped up.

“The crews have been here most of the evening and at this point we’re in the process of putting out all the hot spots,” said acting captain Dan Multari, scene commander with Nanaimo Fire Rescue. “The fire is completely contained and will not spread.”

Several B.C. Wildfire Service firefighters were on scene assisting Nanaimo Fire Rescue with the fire which was located about 500 metres from Lotus Pinnatus Way, which parallels the Nanaimo Parkway near Harewood Mines Road.

Multari said the location was not accessible with vehicles. Firefighters accessed the scene on foot via a trail and laid out about 530 metres of hose to get water to the fire.

The cause of the fire was not determined as of Tuesday morning.

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