Nova Scotia evacuates thousands as fire damages about 200 homes

Halifax Canada Wildfire

Luke 21:25 ““And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves

Important Takeaways:

  • Wildfires force thousands to flee, damage scores of homes in Canada’s Nova Scotia
  • Wildfires in Canada’s Atlantic coast province of Nova Scotia have forced thousands of residents to evacuate and damaged scores of homes, authorities said Monday.
  • The Halifax Regional Municipality said preliminary estimates indicate that about 200 homes or structures have been damaged, based on initial visual inspections by first responders.
  • Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency said an estimated 14,000 people were told to flee their homes, most of which are about a 30-minute drive northwest of downtown Halifax.
  • “This fire has not been contained; this fire is not under control,” he said. “It did not spread appreciably and that is thanks to weather, the work of the firefighters on the ground and the work of the air units.”
  • However, Meldrum stressed that a change in weather conditions forecast for Tuesday could complicate things.
  • David Steeves, a forest resources technician with the Department of Natural Resources, said the fire was helped by a lack of rain and a wooded area thick with softwood trees, which provide a volatile fuel source. “It was perfect conditions for a fast, quick, dangerous fire,” Steeves said.

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One of the strongest storms in Canada’s history leaves 414,000 without power “Conditions are like nothing we’ve ever seen”

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Hurricane Fiona Hits Nova Scotia as One of Region’s Strongest Storms
  • Fiona, the most powerful storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, roared ashore in eastern Nova Scotia early Saturday as one of the strongest systems ever to hit the region, knocking out power, toppling trees and forcing residents to flee.
  • Across Nova Scotia, 414,000 households were without power, or about 80% of Nova Scotia Power’s customers. Thousands more were hit in neighboring areas as well.
  • Nearby Price Edward Island was also hit by outages, and officials had urged residents to stay indoors until Sunday. “Conditions are like nothing we’ve ever seen”

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Canada Day Earthquake Shakes Nova Scotia

Canadian officials confirmed a magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattled Nova Scotia on the country’s independence day.

Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reported that the quake struck about 37 miles west-southwest of the town of Digby in the Gulf of Maine.

Residents say the quake lasted around 10 seconds.  Helen Teed, who lives near the epicenter, told the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

“It’s an old house, and we felt the walls crackling a little bit,” Teed said. “It wasn’t shaking things off my wall, but it made the house crack. Creaking, crack, I don’t know, I’ve never experienced this before so I don’t know how to explain it.”

Mike Springer was on the golf course when it struck and looked at his watch to see it was 3:33 p.m. when the quake struck.

“Holy mackerel,” he said. “I didn’t think we had earthquakes in Nova Scotia.”

The NRC reported no damage from the quake.