(BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

Fire crews have been battling a wildfire in the Nanaimo Lakes area throughout the day.

As of Monday morning, the B.C. Wildfire Service estimated that the fire covered about 50 hectares, but recent reports say that it has since grown to 75 hectares, and is still classified as ‘out of control’.

According to a tweet from B.C. Wildfire Service, there were no threats to communities as of Monday morning, but smoke from the fire is largely visible in many parts of the Island.

Heavy equipment and helicopters have been brought in to battle the blaze.

The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy has also issued a Smoky Skies Advisory east Vancouver Island due to wildfire smoke.

Authorities believe that the fire was human caused.

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