Wildfire near Upper Musquodoboit 70% contained, Yarmouth County Fire under control

A wildfire near Upper Musquodoboit, NS, has grown from 20 to 52 hectares since Friday, but is not expected to spread beyond established limits given current conditions, according to David Steeves, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.

Because the terrain in the area is quite rough, it has made it more difficult for firefighters to get around the perimeter, he said Saturday.

Steeves said there are about 15 department employees on site in Chaplin, NS, with three emergency tankers and regional firefighters from Halifax and one from Stewiacke.

Meanwhile, an 8,000-acre fire near Horseshoe Lake in Yarmouth County is fully contained, Steeves said.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean they have a hose line around it,” he said. “But the fire has moved into areas of unfavorable fuels or has run into a road or high rock areas, something that impedes the movement of that fire.”

Steeves said crews are combing the area for trouble spots on that fire.

The department said in a tweet that two helicopters, 40 people and an incident management team remain on the scene, but a water bomber was launched.

It’s important that people adhere to the province-wide burn ban, Steeves said.

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