HALIFAX (CP) - Firefighters from six departments brought a
forest fire that came within metres of homes in Nova Scotia under
control in a matter of hours Monday.
Andrew Hood, the fire boss at the scene, said the blaze at
Carolls Corner, a community about 30 kilometres west of Halifax,
began at about noon and was under control by 5 p.m.
High winds blew the fire toward Carrolls Corner, leading RCMP to
encourage residents of three or four homes to evacuate.
They were given the OK to return by late afternoon.
Hood, a forest resources technician with the provincial Natural
Resources Department, said equipment at a logging operation likely
sparked the blaze but the cause was still under investigation.
He said the fire consumed three to four hectares of woods. The
burned area is east of Highway 102 between Lantz and Milford.
Trees felled by last fall's hurricane Juan made the situation
dangerous for firefighters. Hood said that as with many other
woodlands in the area, 60 to 70 per cent of trees were on the
ground.
"(It's) harder to fight. You've really got to watch your step
while you're in there," he said. "You pretty well have to fight
mainly from the air. If you get your men in there, you want to make
sure you can get them out."
At the height of the blaze, 100 firefighters were involved.
Hood said the helicopters were fortunate to be able to use water
from a pond and a gypsum mine only minutes away. (Halifax
Chronicle-Herald)


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