Fire officials urging caution as index climbs

Darrell Cole
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SHUBENACADIE – Fire control officials are urging people to be extra cautious in the great outdoors as the province’s forest fire index continues to climb.

“It’s pretty crispy out there,” fire prevention officer Kara McCurdy said Wednesday morning. “In that area of the province the risk is high so people have to be very careful out there with their burning permits and campfires.”

Portions of Cumberland County, between Amherst and Oxford and along the Northumberland Shore, are in the extreme range on Wednesday, while the rest of the county, as well as Colchester and Pictou counties are into the high range.

A forest fire believed to have been caused by a cooking accident destroyed two homes and spread across 500 hectares of forest near Petitcodiac, N.B. on Tuesday.

McCurdy said there have been several fires already this season in Nova Scotia in the Digby, Shubenacadie and Debert areas, along with numerous grass fires.

“It’s been a little busy with grass fires,” she said.

McCurdy said the best advice she could give people when burning is to be aware of the forest fire index and weather conditions. If it’s dry and windy, she said, it’s best not to burn.

“If you do have a permit and need to burn then pile small and make sure it’s kept away from vegetation and even structures,” she said. “And never take your eyes off that fire.”

The last few days, Natural Resources has had assistance from aerial surveillance in central and western Nova Scotia.

The forest fire index is expected to drop later this week as rain if forecast for Thursday through Tuesday.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Geographic location: SHUBENACADIE, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia Amherst Oxford Northumberland Shore Petitcodiac

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