Wildfires: About 200 homes and structures damaged or destroyed near Halifax

Some 200 homes and structures were damaged or destroyed by the Tantallon Wildfire, which burned through hundreds of acres just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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According to data relayed Monday evening, the flames covered approximately 788 hectares, but the blaze out of control continued to spread, in particular fed by winds blowing at 20 km / h.

To date, more than 16,000 citizens have been evacuated due to the Tantallon fire and the Barrington Lake fire, which covers more than 10,000 hectares.

Katherine Tarateski is one of the citizens who lost their home.

“The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) called me this morning to tell us that they came to our house and it burned down. They couldn’t find our animals,” she told CityNews.

In addition to evacuations and damage, fires cause poor air quality, especially in Halifax.

“As the winds intensify from the southwest this afternoon, the smoke will spread eastward over communities east of Halifax. Visibility and air quality may be reduced in affected communities,” Environment Canada warned in a special bulletin.

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