Updated: fire near Holbein listed as ‘contained’

A wildfire that reportedly started in a ditch along Highway 3 had jumped the road and grown to a size of eight hectares by Monday evening, April 22, 2019. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

Update, April 24, 12:30 p.m.: Last night crews were able to contain the wildfire and it is currently listed as ‘contained’ at eight hectares.

The highway has been re-opened.

Original story below:

Fire crews are fighting a wildfire that is about 8 hectares in size and burning near Holbein, Sask.

The Ministry of Environment received a report about a fire in the ditch along Highway 3, just northeast of Holbein, at 4:18 p.m. A ministry initial attack crew and both the Shellbrook and Buckland fire departments responded to the scene.

A Buckland Fire crew responds to the site of a wildfire burning near Holbein on April 22, 2019. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

The fire is burning both north and south of the highway. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. RCMP was on the scene, diverting traffic.

(Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald) Smoke rises from a fire burning near Holbein, Sask on April 22, 2019.

There are structures in the area, but none are threatened at this time.

In addition to fire crews, emergency management and fire safety personnel are on scene.

Holbein was the site of a large wildfire that led to some evacuations in 2018.