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Forest fire numbers in Nova Scotia this year were the lowest since the 1940s

By Ian Fairclough
The Chronicle Herald
November 7, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The summer of 2019 was hot. And dry. But despite that, the province saw its lowest number of wildfires in more than 70 years. There were 143 fires across the province this year, the fewest since there were 110 in 1948, statistics from the province’s Department of Lands and Forestry show. The low number was due in large part to the wet spring, and then the humid summer, says Kara McCurdy, the department’s fire prevention officer. “It doesn’t really matter how cool it is, it can be really cool outside and dry, and fires will spread,” she said. Low humidity and high wind will mean a better chance of fire spread, but high humidity and low wind means it’s not really going to go anywhere.” And that was what much of the summer was like.

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