Forest fires

N.L. sends water bombers to help fight Nova Scotia wildfires

Newfoundland and Labrador has sent water bombers to help Nova Scotia with its forest fires.

Officials told CTV News that a wildfire that began in the Upper Tantallon, N.S., area Sunday is ongoing and still not under control.

“Our thoughts are with our Atlantic cousins as they deal with these forest fires,” N.L. Premier Andrew Furey posted on Twitter. “Newfoundland and Labrador water bombers are there, and I spoke with Premier Tim Houston this morning to let him know we will be there to support however we can.”

A state of emergency is in effect and comfort centres are open to assist those impacted by the wildfire raging through several suburban communities northwest of Halifax. According to CTV News, people are being advised to take their pets and medication with them, as well as supplies for 72 hours.  Police, as well as ground search and rescue personnel, are going door-to-door to make sure everyone is out of harm’s way.

A rapidly spreading wildfire, fed by strong winds and tinder-dry woods, has damaged or destroyed dozens of homes in the region. 

Halifax authorities have opened an evacuation centre to support impacted residents, especially residents without family supports or insurance.

Many people from this province live and work in the Halifax region. NTV’s Jodi Cooke is covering this story. This province is assisting in the firefighting efforts. Last night, Premier Andrew Furey spoke with Nova Scotia Premier, confirming Newfoundland and Labrador will offer any support needed. Jodi Cooke will have more at 6 o’clock on the NTV Evening Newhour.

Officials urge residents to be prepared as forest fire season continues

There are predictions this forest fire season could be an active one across Atlantic Canada. Today Pleamon Forsey, MHA for Exploit’s, is cautioning government to be ready for the upcoming season by having sufficient ground crews and water bombers.

In Grand Falls-Windsor, Fire Chief, Vince Mackenzie wants residents to be prepared. He says in an emergency everyone should be prepared to leave their home for 72 hours by revisiting their personal emergency plans.

Currently, there are two active fires in the province.

40 forest fires recorded so far in 2023

It may seem early, bUt roughly 40 forest fires have already been officially entered into the record books for 2023.

Today, the province warns this season is already well ahead of last season and is showing a concerning fire index. NTV’s Jodi Cooke reports  

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