Evacuation lifted in N.S., crews get upper hand on fire
Monday, June 11, 2018, 1:00 PM - A fire in the woods near Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia forced a mandatory evacuation of at least 10 homes in the area Sunday night. Crews returned to the scene first thing Monday morning, gaining the upper hand by the lunch hour. Residents can now return home.
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FIRE DORMANT OVERNIGHT, FLARE-UPS WITH RISING TEMPERATURES
On Sunday, a brush fired started near the Salt Marsh Trail by Bisset Road in Cole Harbour prompting mandatory overnight evacuations. The fire spread out of control by the evening hours. It was initially reported to have burned between 20-27 hectares in an area south of Bisset Lake by Monday morning, though after it had been brought under control, Nova Scotia's natural resources department said the figure was 9.7 hectares.
The fire was listed as under control by the noon hour.
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About 10-15 homes on Astral Drive were still under a mandatory evacuation zone Monday morning, but were told they could return home by the lunch hour. Bisset Road was also closed due to ongoing operations. When the fire first broke out on Sunday as many as 75-100 homes were evacuated, but most of those people were allowed to return home by 10 p.m. Officials say the fire has been as close as 300 metres from homes in the area.
Despite challenges to contain the fire Sunday, crews worked through the afternoon and evening hours using two helicopters to dump lake water on the brush. Helicopters returned on Monday as well continuing to scoop up water from the lake to spread over the fire's flames.
Fire crews have also been working with the Department of Natural Resources to get an aerial evaluation of the fire's status.
FROSTY WEATHER IS HELPING
Conditions are expected to remain relatively dry under the influence of a ridge of high pressure on Monday with winds picking up through the afternoon hours. Temperatures are also set to drop to the low single digits overnight Monday, which although well below seasonal for this time of year, will help to reduce future flare ups. In fact, a frost advisory has also been issued and covers much of the province.
"A chilly pattern dominates this week," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "A system slowly tracks across the region with showers and possibly thunderstorms late Wednesday through Thursday with the potential to linger into early Friday. Dry weather is expected for the weekend with milder temperatures finally spreading into the region."
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With files from CBC News