Above: People watch as a helicopter prepares to drop water on a wildfire in Cultus Lake Monday evening. Below: Charred trees and shrubs are seen in this photo taken Tuesday morning.

Wildfire at south end of Cultus Lake now contained

Smoke rising out of a cliff face near Lindell Beach grew into a wildfire Monday night but the rains helped fire crews.

Dense smoke rising out of the woods at the south end of Cultus Lake grew into a wildfire Monday night that was a little over a hectare in size by Tuesday.

Overnight rains helped by Wednesday, and it was fully contained.

The fire near a popular cliff diving area was determined to be human-caused since there were no lightning strikes in the area recently.

Crews with the Coastal Fire Centre reported that the fire near Lindell Beach was 60 per cent contained on Tuesday morning, said information officer Donna MacPherson.

The fire measured 1.3 ha and the crews were in mop-up mode on Wednesday.

Firefighting aircraft, called air tankers, were battling the blaze Tuesday afternoon, on a cliff face near the Lindell Beach area.

Initially there was a unit crew of 20 dispatched, with a rappel crew of three, and the use of a boat from BC Parks.

Air tankers and helicopters were buzzing over the lake since Monday night, dropping fire retardant and buckets of water in an effort to contain the blaze. They asked residents and boaters to stay out of the path of the aircraft and boats at work.

There were no evacuations from the cliff face, and no injuries reported.

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