Officials in Canada’s Atlantic Coast province of Nova Scotia said a wildfire that drove thousands of residents from their homes over the past week is now believed to be suppressed because of the rain
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Officials in Canada’s Atlantic Coast province of Nova Scotia said Saturday a wildfire that drove thousands of residents from their homes over the past week has now largely been contained due to the rain.
David Steeves, forest resources expert at the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewable Energy, said the Halifax-area fire is about 85% contained, covers an area of 9.5 square kilometers (4 miles) and is spreading firefighters and long-awaited rain are unlikely to spread due to a combination of factors.
However, he said there remained a number of areas of concern and responders continued to closely monitor the fire and its perimeter.
The fire that broke out on Sunday spread across several neighborhoods, destroying about 200 buildings – including 151 homes – and forcing the evacuation of more than 16,000 people.
Dave Meldrum, deputy fire chief for the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, said the rain brought relief on Saturday but notes it also increases the risk firefighters could be injured from slips or falls, making for a tough day’s work leads.
He said two heat stress-related injuries have been reported so far and one firefighter hit his head while moving equipment.
Another wildfire, the largest recorded wildfire in the province’s history, continues to spiral out of control in Shelburne County.