2 Different Wildfires Have Hit Nova Scotia & People Are Being Evacuated (PHOTOS)
Crews have been working on the ground and in the air to battle the blazes.
This is intense! Fires in Nova Scotia have been happening at two different places at the same time, and people are being evacuated from their homes. All areas of the province are currently under a fire ban.
One of the two is in Porters Lake, about 30 kilometres east of downtown Halifax.
A huge blaze is burning there and Halifax Fire got a call about the incident at around 12:20 p.m. AT on May 23, the department's district Chief Brad Connors told the CBC.
After crews arrived to help the province's Lands and Forestry crews, the wind picked up speed.
At around 2:00 p.m. local time, Connors noted that everything is pretty dry so there's a lot of fuel for the flames and they are spreading rapidly.
"It's intensifying by the minute," he said.
About 20 minutes after that, Halifax Fire tweeted that the conditions are somewhat better but the blaze is not under control yet.
The highway near the flames had to be closed so that crews on the ground and in the air could try to contain them.
RCMP said on Twitter that those who need to evacuated will be notified directly that they have to leave.
Officers are going door to door to let people know.
At around 4:30 p.m. AT on May 22, a fire started in Chester Grant.
Local crews and the province's Lands and Forestry team were able to put out a large part of it that night.
Then on May 23, they came back once there was daylight, trying to contain its spread before the situation could worsen.
It's estimated that the affected area is about 27 hectares of land.
That's as big as 50 football fields.
As of 2:54 p.m. local time on May 23, it had been completely contained.
No causes for either of these fires have been released yet.
All areas of Nova Scotia are currently under a fire ban until 8:00 a.m. on May 24 and burn statuses are updated daily at 2:00 p.m.
There is also a ban on open burning in the woods, or within 305 metres of the woods, in effect until 11:59 p.m. on June 1.