20 fire departments battling large forest fire in Nova Scotia’s Chester Basin

Approximately 20 fire departments are responding to a 20-hectare forest fire in Nova Scotia’s Chester Basin on Friday evening.

Highway 12 near the Chester Basin is closed to southbound traffic at Rafuse Road as multiple fire departments respond to a forest fire in the area, RCMP said in a tweet.

Motorists are also being asked to avoid the area, police said.

Officials told Global News that 20 fire departments from the counties of Lunenberg, Kings & Hants are involved in battling the fire.

A spokesperson for Nova Scotia’s department of lands and forestry said that two of their helicopters have responded to the blaze.

“At this point, 2 unknown structures have been lost,” said Lisa Jarrett in an email on Friday night.

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