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Burning car in woods spreads to surrounding land in Kings County


Volunteer firefighters from Aylesford and surrounding communities, plus a Lands and Forestry crew were called in to extinguish a fire from a car burning in the woods in southern Kings County on Monday morning. - File
Volunteer firefighters from Aylesford and surrounding communities, plus a Lands and Forestry crew were called in to extinguish a fire from a car burning in the woods in southern Kings County on Monday morning. - File

Fire from a car burning in the woods in southern Kings County spread to about a hectare of land before it was extinguished Monday morning.

Department of Lands and Forestry duty officer Paul Schnurr said the blaze was reported at about 9 a.m. on an unmarked road off a fire road that leads from the community of Lake Paul toward Cloud Lake.

Volunteer firefighters from Aylesford and surrounding communities and a lands and forestry crew had the fire contained by 10:30 a.m.

A helicopter was initially called in to help, but wasn’t needed, he said. Crews left the scene at 1:30 p.m.

While it has rained for what seems like weeks to many, it doesn’t take long for the small fuels on a forest floor to dry out and be easily burned, Schnurr said.

“We have the fine fuels, things on the surface like grass, leaves and small twigs, they dry out very quickly, so within 18 hours they will dry out and be ready to burn,” Schnurr said.

“The larger-diameter stuff take a lot longer, so a fire will burn through (the fine fuels), but it doesn’t burn deep. There’s less danger of it burning into the ground or into a woodpile for days and then re-igniting.”

He said crews will go back to check the site, just in case, though. RCMP are investigating the car fire.

It was the second fire lands and forestry crews had to deal with in two days. On Sunday, a fire on an island at Beaver Dam Lake in Shelburne County burned about two hectares.

Schnurr said crews and volunteer firefighters accessed the island by boat and a helicopter was used to slow down the fire by dropping water at its leading edge.

He said there were no buildings damaged in either fire.

The cause of Sunday’s fire is still under investigation.

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