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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Thousands evacuated in Nova Scotia due to wildfire

The city of Halifax has declared a State of Emergency in the communities affected by the fires. The local state of emergency will be in effect for seven days. Thousands were forced to flee their homes due to a wildfire northwest of Halifax.

The wildfire has destroyed several homes. There have been no reports of injuries.

An evacuation centre has been set up at The Canada Games Centre at 26 Thomas Raddall Drive.

Additionally, there are comfort centres at

  • Black Point and Area Community Centre | 8579 St Margarets Bay Road. The comfort centre will open at 7 a.m. on May 29 and remain open until further notice.

  • Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre | 1583 Beaver Bank Road. The comfort centre is open until further notice.

Evacuation orders remain in place for Maplewood, Voyageur Way including St. George Blvd area including all side streets, McCabe Lake area and Indigo Shores.

Evacuations orders are also in effect for Westwood Hills subdivision, Upper Tantallon, Haliburton Hills, Glen Arbour, Pockwock Road, Lucasville Road to Sackville Drive, Yankeetown, and White Hills.

Residents were advised to take their pets. Nova Scotia SPCA says those evacuating who need a space for pets can contact the SPCA via text at 902-229-8620.

There are impacts to Halifax Transit

  • Route 330 will start and end at Sheldrake Lake (3826 St Margarets Bay Road). There will be no service to Tantallon Park and Ride (3664 Hammonds Plains Road).

  • Route 433 – Route 433 will start and end at West Bedford Park and Ride (120 Innovation Drive). There will be no service on Hammonds Plains Road from Gary Martin Drive to Tantallon Park and Ride.

  • Route 83/183 – Route 83/183 will end on Crossfield Ridge. The bus will then turn right on Sackville Drive and right onto Melham Drive. Routes 83/183 will hold on Melham Drive before departing heading back to Sackville Terminal (7 Walker Avenue).

Nova Scotia has no burning allowed throughout the province between 8 am and 2 pm.

Federal Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair said, "We’re following the wildfires in Nova Scotia closely and stand ready to help if federal assistance is required."

More updates to come...


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