Forest fire burning near Mount Uniacke covers 2 hectares

Written by Javed Iqbal

A fire is burning in a wooded area near Mount Uniacke, NS

Crews from several fire departments responded to the call, according to fire officials at Hantsport Fire Department, which assists with mutual aid.

Traffic is delayed on Highway 1 in Mount Uniacke near Pentz Drive due to the fire, RCMP Cpl. Chris Marshall told CBC News Saturday afternoon.

“As the wildfire develops and as more emergency crews can get back out there to investigate how big this fire is and where this fire is pushing, we’ll have a much better idea of ​​whether or not an evacuation is required,” he said. .

Traffic in the area is expected to be disrupted for several hours. (George Sadi/CBC)

The fire was close to two hectares in size as of Saturday afternoon, the Department of Natural Resources said on Twitter. The fire is not spreading, but is not under control.

The department is on the scene with ground crews and a helicopter.

Members from Halifax District RCMP and East Hants District RCMP are also on scene. Marshall said the fire is inland, near Uniacke Lake, and crews are lined up down the road in the 500 block of Highway 1.

People are being asked to avoid the area to allow emergency crews to carry out their work. Updates will be available on RCMP social media pages.

Marshall said he expects traffic to be affected for several hours.

There is currently a province-wide burn ban in Nova Scotia.

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