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Crews return Saturday to scene of Nova Scotia wildfire near Chester Grant

CHESTER BASIN, N.S. — A forest fire covering about 27 hectares of land near Chester Grant, N.S., was deemed 100 per cent contained by Saturday afternoon, a day after the blaze broke out. The Lands and Forestry department tweeted at 4 p.m.

CHESTER BASIN, N.S. — A forest fire covering about 27 hectares of land near Chester Grant, N.S., was deemed 100 per cent contained by Saturday afternoon, a day after the blaze broke out.

The Lands and Forestry department tweeted at 4 p.m. local time, saying the fire was under control. The department said there were eight department staff on the scene along with eight fire tankers and 40 volunteer firefighters.

Crews had returned to the site early Saturday morning, patrolling for remaining hot spots from the blaze that broke out Friday afternoon.

Jim Rudderham, the province's acting manager for forest protection, said the moving open flames captured in photos Friday had subsided by Saturday morning.

The department was still asking people to avoid the area Saturday as work continued on site. The RCMP Nova Scotia Twitter account warned drivers that traffic was closed northbound on Highway 12 near Chester Grant at Exit 9 due to the fire.

The fire is believed to have started at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, in a part of the province where the government has banned brush burning and beach fires.

The cause was still unknown Saturday.

Rudderham said conditions early in the day were ideal for suppressing the remains of the fire, with cooler temperatures, less heavy winds and higher humidity. He said the scene will likely be surveyed for a couple of days.

The department confirmed Saturday that two structures were damaged Friday.

Two provincial helicopters joined members from 16 fire departments Friday, with the department reporting that a "large part" of the fire was put out before crews left the scene at about 9 p.m.

A helicopter reported to the site Saturday morning, but was sent home after the scene was assessed.

Meanwhile, firefighters responded to another blaze Saturday that began in a wooded area near Porters Lake and grew to cover approximately 40 hectares by the late afternoon.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services said 1,000 residents in the area were being evacuated as crews continued to battle the fire that was first reported in a wooded area at 12:20 p.m.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2020.

The Canadian Press




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