Department of Natural Resources has extinguished two woods fires recently.
Last week on Friday, July 13, Bear River Fire Department arrived first on the scene of a half-acre fire in Morganville. The Bear River department put water on the fire for an hour and half before DNR took over.
DNR was on the scene all day Friday and Saturday chasing hot spots and extinguishing flare-ups on the perimeter. The fire was also travelling underground and springing up in unexpected places.
Rod Custance, a forestry technician with DNR, says they can’t be sure what started the fire but it may have been glass among the garbage on the site or it might have been lightning.
A camp near Uniacke Lake in Doucetteville burned to the ground in the early hours of Wednesday, July 18. When DNR arrived in the morning, the camp was a pile of ashes but a small 10-foot square hot spot was burning in a clearing nearby.
RCMP were notified of both fires.
The ban on open fires is still in place and Custance says it will take at least two to three days of heavy rain before Shubenacadie will lower the fire weather index.