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Air quality statement from Burnside fire ends (update)

'Individuals sensitive to reduced air quality should limit outdoor activity,' the statement said
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Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency

UPDATE: As of 6:10 p.m., Environment Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness say the special air quality statement has ended and elevated pollution levels are no longer expected or have moved out of the area.


Smoke from a fire in Burnside has triggered an air quality statement for the Halifax area.

"Individuals sensitive to reduced air quality should limit outdoor activity if in the affected areas this afternoon and this evening," the statement said. 

"At this time, this is expected to be the only special air quality statement for this event."

Firefighters were called to the blaze at the Dawn Drive scrapyard at around 11:15 a.m. Friday.

Earlier Friday afternoon, an emergency alert was issued asking those living or working near an active fire in Burnside to close their windows and doors, and to shut down air exchangers.

Halifax Regional Municipality is asking the public to avoid recreational activity in the area of the fire until further notice as crews work to contain runoff with potentially-contaminated materials.

Meghan Groff

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Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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