Crews monitoring hot spots at forest fire near Sheet Harbour, N.S.

July 7, 2016

By: CTV News

Firefighters are working to extinguish hot spots at a forest fire roughly two hours outside of Halifax.

Two helicopters, nine tankers and 40 firefighters responded to the scene Tuesday.

The fire started in a wooded area near Malay Falls, N.S., close to Sheet Harbour, N.S.

No evacuations or injuries have been reported, and the fire, which is roughly four hectares in size, isn’t near any residential buildings.

“Basically what our crews encountered was a relatively aggressive, fast-moving fire,” said forest fire technician Dave Steeves.

“The terrain and the local winds are not helping things at all. The fuels in here are extremely dry and the rugged hilly typography is aiding and pushing the fire along the standing timber and slash that’s all throughout the area.”

Officials say the fire is now contained, but crews will be monitoring the area for days to ensure it is fully extinguished.

A burn ban remains in effect for much of Nova Scotia.

By: CTV News

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