Re­spect bans on burn­ing, pub­lic told

Four fires at­tended to last week amid dry con­di­tions in south­west­ern N.S.

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Pro­vin­cial Lands and Forestry fire crews were kept busy late last week and over the past week­end ex­tin­guish­ing a four fires in the Oak Park, Oak Park Lake, Pub­nico Lake/Bar­ring­ton River ar­eas in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia.

“They’re at one right now in Oak Park,” said Lands and Forestry spokesper­son Jim Rud­der­ham in an in­ter­view on Mon­day morn­ing, Sept. 10. That fire started Sun­day when “some­one was burn­ing brush” and it got away from them, he said.

“They’re still work­ing to put that one out,” he said that day. “There’s still some hot spots.”

Fire crews took sev­eral days to ex­tin­guish a for­est fire in the back­woods of the Bar­ring­ton River south of Pub­nico Lake.

“That fire is out,” said Rud­der­ham. “It didn’t get very big. It looks like it started from some­one hav­ing a camp fire. It’s very dry in Shel- burne. These fires were all started by peo­ple. Two were burn­ing brush and two were from camp fires.”

Rud­der­ham noted there had been a 24/7 ban on burn­ing in Shel­burne County for well over a week and said peo­ple need to start re­spect­ing that be­fore some­thing ma­jor hap­pens. A sim­i­lar ban re­strict­ing fires was also in place in Yar­mouth County over the same pe­riod, along with other parts of the prov­ince.

On Mon­day, that no burn ban was ex­tended to in­clude Digby County as 11 coun­ties were un­der a no burn di­rec­tive, and seven oth­ers had re­stric­tions in place. The prov­ince’s fire re­stric­tions map is up­dated daily at 2 p.m.

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