Blown insulator likely cause of West Hants’ latest forest fire

Ashley Thompson
Published on June 7, 2014
Firefighters tend to a forest fire located off of the Panuke Road in Three Mile Plains.
Ashley Thompson

A blown insulator on a power line is believed to be the culprit behind a forest fire in Three Mile Plains.

The fire, discovered June 3 around 2 p.m., was about one hectare in size.

Bruce Nunn, a spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said it was mostly “scrubby brush” that burned.

“Little damage was done from the fire,” said Nunn.

DNR teamed up with the Windsor Fire Department to tackle the blaze, which was located about half a kilometre away from the nearest homes. Fire trucks could be seen from Panuke Road.

“A department helicopter was on standby but was never required.  The fire was put out with manpower on the ground,” said Nunn.

Power was shut off for about an hour while firefighters tended to the flames. More than 8,500 homes in the Windsor and West Hants area were without electricity during this time.

DNR’s fire index map showed that conditions were extremely high when the fire broke out.