Ottawa Citizen

Hundreds evacuated due to brush fire

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Thick smoke and flames hamHALIFAX • pered efforts to save houses last night as firefighte­rs battled a fast-spreading fire that ripped through an area east of Halifax.

Capt. Dave Meldrum, with the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services, said he believes they “have lost some homes already,” but could not say how many because of the smoke blanketing the area. Capt. Meldrum said the wind-driven blaze is too dangerous and crews had to retreat from one area. He could not say how many homes were in the area, but officials estimate hundreds of homes are at risk.

“It drove us out of one neighbourh­ood, but we’re coming back,” he said. “We’re doing the best we can.”

Firefighte­rs and Halifax RCMP issued a mandatory evacuation order yesterday for the Porters Lake and Lake Echo neighbourh­oods. Three evacuation centres were set up at community halls and a church to help evacuees receive food and shelter.

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