What is the name and location of the wildfire?
The out-of-control Barrington Lake wildfire is currently burning near Barrington Lake in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, Canada as of June 1, 2023. The specific location spans from Port Clyde to Birchtown along Shore Road. It is one of the largest in the province's recorded history, estimated at about 20,000 hectares in size (1).
What is the current containment status of the wildfire?
The wildfire has experienced significant growth, expanding by approximately 75% since the last update on May 28, Sunday morning. It remains out of control, posing a serious threat to the affected areas.
Which cities or areas are affected by the wildfire?
Which cities or areas are affected by the wildfire? The communities from Port Clyde to Birchtown, located along Shore Road in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, are directly impacted by the wildfire.
In addition, air quality has been affected along much of the East Coast, in particular in Portland, Maine, Boston, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut. Air quality is affected as far south as Washington D.C. (2).
Are there any evacuation orders or alerts in place?
An emergency alert issued at 6 p.m. advises recommended evacuation (though not mandatory) for all communities from Port Clyde to Birchtown along Shore Road. Residents in these areas should closely follow updates from local authorities and consider the evacuation recommendation for their safety and well-being.
How can I protect myself from wildfire smoke?
Make sure that you always take proactive steps to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.