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Border fire growing slowly

The Diamond Creek Wildfire continues to grow slowly, but is still not considered a threat to structures. 

The wildfire was 8,000 hectares on Saturday, growing slightly to 8,334 hectares as of Monday morning. 

The fire sparked south of the border on July 23 in Washington State, crossing into B.C. on Aug. 29. 

"Not much has changed on it, it's at 0 per cent containment and considered out of control," said fire information officer Max Birkner.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is currently flying over the area twice a day by helicopter to map the fire, determine whether growth has occurred and develop a strategy and tactics in the event the fire threatens values, such as structures, timber and resources.

"Currently it's not threatening any structures and it's moving through some forested areas and stuff, but they are continuing to monitor the values and at this time they are just letting it burn as a natural fire," Birkner said. 

There are four fighters, five support personnel and one helicopter, as well as eight pieces of heavy equipment.

It is burning between Cathedral and Manning provincial parks. Cathedral remains closed due to the fire.



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