Following is a provincial fire update for Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m.
–- weather continues to create challenging conditions for crews on sites
–- Trunk 8 near Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., remains closed due to water bombing in the area
–- the fire at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co., is still not contained but was held back by crews and remains at 240 hectares. Equipment being used includes nine fire trucks, six pieces of heavy equipment, two helicopters and six water bombers, including two that arrived today from Quebec
–- the fire at Perch Lake, Pictou Co., is being held back by crews and remains at 80 per cent contained, with a size of about 10 hectares
— a new fire was reported in West Dalhousie, Annapolis Co. and staff are investigating
— the fire at Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., is contained
— the fire at Greenfield, Queens Co., is contained
— the fire at Collingwood, Cumberland Co., is contained
–- sustained winds will continue to blow out of the northwest
–- weather conditions today are expected to be much the same as yesterday
–- as of noon today, Aug. 9, travel and activities within the woods is restricted. People can still access beaches and provincial parks, but trail systems will be restricted and the fire ban remains in effect
–- updates can be found at www.novascotia.ca/nsfire
Wildfires have an impact on air quality that can affect a person’s health. Symptoms can include irritated eyes, increased mucus in the nose or throat, coughing, and difficulty breathing during exercise. Contact 811 with any questions related to health concerns.