About 500 people were evacuated from their homes near Eastern Passage as firefighters rushed to control a forest fire Sunday.

Fire officials said the fire is currently burning over a few hectares of forest in the area just northeast of Halifax.

The fire began as a brush fire near Cole Harbour, but by Sunday afternoon the fire had spread dangerously close to a trailer park in Eastern Passage.

While the fire has slowed it's spread, they said they expect it to flare-up again as the sun rises.

"In the woods you have areas were there's very little trees and it's rocks and swamp, it passes by those areas and dissipates a little," said John Blandin with the Halifax Fire Department.

"But when it gets into some evergreens or some birch trees, that's fuel for it and it just explodes."

Water bombers were dispatched Sunday to help battle the blaze.

Blandin said there's still no word on when people will be allowed to return to their homes.