Castlegar fire crews are continuing to monitor a wildland fire that began early Sunday morning, south of Castlegar.
The Castlegar Fire Department was alerted to the fire at 3:42 a.m. on July 30 when someone in the area called 9-1-1 after hearing the sound of crackling in a forested area of Fairview.
When CFD arrived on scene less than 10 minutes later, the fire was approximately 100 metres by 200 metres.
Deputy Fire Chief Nick Ahlfeld says the fire is “suspicious in nature.”
Ahlfeld said the fire was contained by 4:30 a.m. and mop-up efforts continued throughout the day.
He credits the quick response and the crew for minimizing the growth of the fire.
On Monday morning, crews returned to the scene to monitor the fire and discovered a few remaining hot spots.
“It will probably be a couple days worth of coming back every day just to check,” said Ahlfeld.
This is the fourth suspcious fire that CFD has responded to in a month, according to Ahlfeld.
CFD is under contract with the Regional District of Central Kootenay to provide fire protection services for Fairview.