Discarded smoking materials are believed to have caused a blaze that ignited less than a half hectare of woods and brush in a very commercial and high traffic area of Bridgewater.
The blaze started the afternoon of May 3 on the ground off Davison Drive behind Eastside Plaza, a small shopping complex near the Atlantic Superstore.
The Bridgewater Police Service arrived first and re-routed vehicle traffic away from the site - temporarily sealing off Davison Drive access at Aberdeen Road and at Eastside Plaza - before volunteer firefighters arrived.
The fire scorched a section of hillside and reached up to a pile of brush where flames lept several metres into the air before first responders arrived and doused the flames with water from multiple hose lines.
Bridgewater volunteer firefighters had the blaze under control within minutes and out shortly thereafter. There were no injuries and no need for any evacuations.
Michael Nauss, Bridgewater's fire chief, told LighthouseNOW the fire could have been burning at least 10 minutes before it was noticed. He said someone was putting water on a section of the fire to try and contain it before responders arrived on the scene.
"We've had a lot of rain in the last little while," Nauss pointed out. "It only takes hours for everything to dry out so much that even a cigarette can start a small fire like this very quickly."