The red dot marks the fire’s location.

UPDATED: Crews fighting fire near US border

Santa Rosa fire 14 km from Rossland

Ground and air crews from the Southeast Fire Centre continued their battle against a wildfire near the U.S. border southwest of Rossland on Friday.

Six skimmers (water tankers), 25 personnel, two helicopters and a bulldozer worked the fire, located about a kilometer north of the U.S. border and 14 km from Rossland.

Initially estimated at 10 hectares, SEFC staff refined that number, and say the fire is about 16 hectares in size.

They caution that this doesn’t mean the fire has grown, rather that they have a more accurate assessment of its size.

The skimmers were pulling water from Christina Lake to dump on the fire this morning. That mission completed, two helicopters are now assigned to fight.

The fire is not threatening any structures or communities.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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