Fire on Limbert Mountain off Highway 7 in Agassiz. (Facebook/Corrina Lanyon)

Fire on Limbert Mountain off Highway 7 in Agassiz. (Facebook/Corrina Lanyon)

UPDATE: Second wildfire ignites near Agassiz

Fire crews were on-scene as of 4:30 a.m. watching for sparks and possible flareups

Update: 4:43 p.m.

The District of Kent has closed Cameron Road and Limbert Road to the public due to the ongoing wildfire. Local traffic will be allowed to pass through. For your safety and the safety of others, please stay away from the area until it is declared safe to return.

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Update: 1:48 p.m.

The District of Kent has advised the public not to call these fires in to emergency services as firefighters are actively engaged on both scenes already.

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Update: Thursday, 11:04 a.m.

A second wildfire has started in the Agassiz-Harrison area, according to emergency dispatchers. At approximately 11 a.m., firefighters were on their way to fight a wildfire on the east flank of Bear Mountain near the Seabird Island community.

Fire crews from the Agassiz Fire Department and B.C. Wildfire Service are on the scene. There are reports of a helicopter was dropping buckets of water on the fire.

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A fire on Limbert Mountain off Highway 7 in Agassiz could be seen for miles in the pre-dawn darkness.

Agassiz fire crews were on-scene as of 4:30 a.m., checking for sparks flaring in the gusty winds among other tasks. The fire is in the B.C. Hydro right-of-way, and as such, B.C. Hydro is handling the Bear Mountain fire.

The cause is not yet known but a photo of the hillside fire was posted at 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 17 on the Fraser Valley Road Report page on Facebook in case it affected traffic.

One poster who drove by the scene on Highway 7 said the fire was not affecting traffic.

Witnesses report minimal fire damage to the Limbert Mountain area with no reported injuries or building damage. As of about 12 p.m., there was only smoke visible in the area.

More to come.

RELATED: Air was smoky from Harrison fires last year

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