Multiple departments respond to wildfire near Upper Musquodoboit

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A large fire is seen burning near Upper Musquodoboit, N.S., on Friday. (Kayla Tozak/Facebook - image credit)
A large fire is seen burning near Upper Musquodoboit, N.S., on Friday. (Kayla Tozak/Facebook - image credit)

Several fire departments, provincial fire crews and a helicopter were on the scene Friday of a wildfire near Upper Musquodoboit, N.S.

The fire in Dean was between 10 and 15 hectares as of Friday afternoon, said Roy Hollett, deputy fire chief with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. The call was received at 10:23 a.m. local time.

A water bomber that arrived from Newfoundland and Labrador earlier in the week to help battle a large wildfire in Yarmouth County was en route to the Upper Musquodoboit area to assist with efforts there.

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Hollett said once the water bomber had dropped a few loads of water on the fire, air crews would go back up to get a better size estimate.

More than 30 units on scene

Between 30 and 35 units responded to the scene and about 50 firefighters, including crews from Milford and Stewiacke.

District 3 fire Chief Sherry Dean said multiple water supply lines had been set up, so accessing water wouldn't be an issue to fight the fire.

She was unsure if anyone in the area had needed to be evacuated.

"If the winds were to change or if the fire was to grow and anybody was in any danger, we would absolutely put out an alert, an emergency notification that would alert people and make sure that they were out of the area and safe in plenty of time," she said.

Power outages in the area were affecting around 3,100 Nova Scotia Power customers, the utility reported on its website. It said it shut the power off to help with firefighting efforts. Power was restored around 4:45 p.m. AT.

A provincewide burn ban was issued Friday afternoon.

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