Nova Scotia

Kentville dump fire nearly extinguished after 5 days

The bulk of the dump fire on the North River Road near Kentville has been extinguished, but hot spots continue to be managed.

Major pumping operations ended Saturday night at 8 p.m.

The fire is near Magee Lake, about 10 kilometres southwest of Kentville. (Submitted by David Williamson)

After battling a blaze for five days, the bulk of the dump fire on the North River Road near Kentville has been extinguished.

Kentville Deputy Fire Chief Scott Hamilton said crews are no longer at the site, but hot spots continue to be managed by mounted nozzles spraying water. 

Major pumping operations ended Saturday night at 8 p.m.

"It's very tiring, but that's part of the job," said volunteer firefighter Danny Durling, who put in a 16-hour day at the site on Good Friday.

Durling said the fire is the longest he's dealt with in his 29 years of service.

The eight-storey-high pile contains a mix of types of waste. The site belongs to South Mountain Construction and Debris Ltd., and is near Magee Lake, about 10 kilometres southwest of Kentville.

Outpouring of support

The Kentville Volunteer Fire Department has been receiving food donations since a local radio station and a Facebook post from the department asked for help feeding the 75-member crew on Friday.

"The place was flooded with food and I couldn't believe it," said Durling. "I've never seen such an outpouring from the community, on a day like that — people on holidays. We came back and there was food everywhere. It was greatly appreciated."

These are just some of the food and drink donations people have dropped off. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

Someone from the community delivered a ham for the crews to eat on Easter Sunday.

Hamilton said the support boosted morale.

"To the community, a thank you doesn't cover it," he said. "The support we've had, not only from the public, but from businesses as well, has been overwhelming."

The fire, which burned for five days, required one million gallons of water a day.

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