Wildfire near Mount Hayes on Vancouver Island (Jakob Mayfield)

A wildfire burning near Nanaimo has been deemed out of control.

The fire which began burning on the south side of Mount Hayes – between Ladysmith and Cassidy – is believed to have started just before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

According to the BC Wildfire dashboard, the fire is roughly 20-hectares in size and the cause of the blaze is currently unknown.

A live feed from Mount Benson shows the wildfire quickly spreading as fire crews work to douse the blaze.

Several helicopters and planes could be seen dropping water over the fire.

At this time, fire officials say no structures are in danger because of the current wind conditions.

More to come.

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