2019-07-24

Emergency crews douse grass fire in Whynotts Settlement

by Keith Corcoran

First responders quickly extinguished a fire that scorched a section of grass along Kings Hill Drive in Whynotts Settlement over the weekend.

While the official cause of the blaze is undetermined, the fire chief of the Oakhill district volunteer fire department said he's asked the province's independent electricity utility to have a look at the area.

Corey Zinck said there was a similar call last year at the same location and at roughly the same time of day, along with similar outdoor temperatures and weather conditions. There was no ignition source detected then or as result of the July 20 incident.

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>Fire-suppressing foam is put on a section of land July 20 in Whynotts Settlement.</p>

He said it's possible there as an "interaction" between electricity and a communications lines as there was no other explanation as to why a seven-by-15 metre section of ground burned the afternoon of July 20.

The fire managed to extend about two metres up some small trees but, Zinck said, the fire didn't significantly progress.

The province's Department of Lands and Forestry was also advised about the call, which was dispatched to emergency crews just before 3 p.m.

Zinck said the impacted area was smoldering when fire crews arrived. The owner of a home across the road was using water from a garden hose to keep the incident at bay.

Volunteer fire departments from Blockhouse and Northfield district were also dispatched to the scene.

Zinck advises people to contact Nova Scotia Power if they notice anything abnormal about electricity lines in their area.

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