The Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Office stated that several Pictou County Fire Departments responded to several reports of grass fires throughout Pictou County.
In addition, the Trenton Connector from Highway 106 to the Abercrombie Road was closed as a precaution to allow several fire departments throughout Pictou County to put out several fires on the Trenton Connector.
Cpl. Mark Kellock of Pictou County District RCMP stated that on Tuesday afternoon there were five fire calls in areas such as Mount William, Millsville, Barney’s River. In the case of a Piedmont Valley fire, two persons are in custody and the matter is still under investigation.
New Glasgow Regional Police and the Trenton Fire Department are also investigating reports of four grass fires in Trenton where one grass fire made contact with an vacant residence. New Glasgow Regional Police and New Glasgow Fire Department are also investigating one grass fire in New Glasgow.
When RCMP and New Glasgow Regional police and fire arrived. all fires proved to be suspicious and the investigation continues.
Const. Ken MacDonald of The Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Office stated, “Under dry weather and windy conditions that were forecast (Tuesday), the fire had the potential to be very dangerous to life and property if it wasn’t for the quick reaction of emergency responders.”
Police, fire and Department of Natural Resources want to remind the public that in towns you cannot have open brush fires and in the county during the wildfire risk season (March 15 to October 15) all domestic brush burning and campfires must adhere to daily Nov Scotia burning restrictions. In Pictou County restricted burn day in now in place – burning is permitted between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. the following day.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance; if they have any information on this incident contact the Pictou County District RCMP at 902 755-4141 or New Glasgow Regional Police at (902) 752-1941 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by a Secure Web Tips at www.crimesstoppers.ns.ca Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.