Two structures destroyed by forest fire in Chester Grant, N.S.

A forest fire near Chester Grant that erupted Friday evening was estimated to be more than 20 hectares in size when crews had to suspend firefighting efforts for the night.

A spokesperson for Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands and Forestry said the fire started around 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

RCMP, 20 fire departments and two Lands and Forestry helicopters responded to the blaze.

Crews began to leave the scene just after 9 p.m. and were expected back at the scene at first light Saturday morning to continue firefighting efforts.

No one had been evacuated on Friday, but the Lands and Forestry representative said in an email that two unknown structures had been destroyed.

Nova Scotia RCMP said Highway 12 near Chester Grant was closed southbound at Rafuse Road. Police asked drivers to stay away from the area.

On Friday, fire restrictions and burn bans were in effect throughout the whole province.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

A Nova Scotia Lands and Forestry helicopter flies over a forest fire in the Chester Grant area on Friday evening. (David Laughlin/CBC)


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