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While thousands in the BC capital enjoyed Canada Day festivities, multiple fire crews and helicopters were hard at work battling a major wildfire in Saanich.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, reports of a wildfire near Willis Point and Durrance brought firefighters from multiple detachments to the location.

According to the latest update, Saanich Fire, Central Saanich Fire, BC Wildfire Service, and CFB Esquimalt firefighters worked together for several hours to contain the blaze.

A statement from BC Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham announces that as of 3 hours ago, the fire had been reduced to half its original size and is under control.

Photos and videos submitted to Victoria Buzz show a BC Wildfire Service helicopter working hard to douse the flames.

There is currently no information on the cause of the fire.