E of Parky Mountain fire west of Barriere contained

By Sunday the fire had increased to an estimated 25 hectares and was still active

The E of Parky Mt. Fire was reported Saturday

The E of Parky Mt. Fire was reported Saturday

Barriere residents kept a watchful eye last Saturday on the mountain across the North Thompson River and just southwest of Barriere when smoke was spotted Saturday.

The cause of this fire, called the E of Parky Mountain Fire, was suspected to be lightening. This was not an interface fire and no structures were being threatened.

By Saturday evening the fire had spread to 17 hectares with active firefighting crews on the scene.

By Sunday the fire had increased to an estimated 25 hectares and was still active.

However, Monday proved to be the turning point, and it was reported 100 per cent contained after hard work from ground crews, airtankers, two pieces of heavy equipment and helicopters.

Resources used on the fire included 36 firefighters.

As of Tuesday morning smoke from the fire was still visible from Highway 5.

The entire region is still at extreme risk for wildfire. Members of the public are reminded to use extra caution with cigarettes and other flammable materials when outdoors– no one wants a repeat of 2003.