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Wildfire burning near Kejimkujik Park grows another 110 hectares overnight

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WATCH ABOVE: Multiple wildfires continue to burn throughout western Nova Scotia. Crews from three other provinces including New Brunswick have arrived to help battle the blaze. Global’s Alexa MacLean reports – Aug 10, 2016

The out-of-control wildfire burning in Seven Mile Lake, near Kejimkujik National Park, grew another 110 hectares overnight Tuesday — it is now 350 hectares in size.

The government is advising that “due to the lack of rainfall extreme fire activity can be expected [Wednesday].”

READ MORE: Travel, hiking, activities banned in N.S. wooded areas due to wildfire threat

Winds are expected to be gusting to 40 kilometres, with sustained winds of 15-20 kilometres.

Since it started burning last Thursday, the fire has grown significantly, and is only about 15 per cent contained.

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Crews have been battling several other fires in the province:

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  • Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co. — not yet contained, 10 hectares. Crews will be focused on building guards with heavy equipment
  • Clyde River, Shelburne Co. — 70 per cent contained and is one hectare
  • Perch Lake, Pictou Co. — contained at 10 hectares
  • West Dalhousie, Annapolis Co. — contained at two hectares and under control
  • Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. — is contained at 21 hectares. Crews continue to reinforce the perimeter line
  • Greenfield, Queens Co. — contained and under control at five hectares
  • Collingwood, Cumberland Co. — is no longer burning

Fire crews, including water bombers, from other provinces have been assisting the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the battle against the blazes, and another 20 firefighters are expected to arrive on Wednesday.

The department said in a noon update on Wednesday that smoke had started to blow across the province, reaching as far as Halifax. They’re advising children, elderly people and those with allergies and respiratory issues to take proper precautions, such as staying inside, somewhere cool, or somewhere that has air conditioning.

Humidity is expected to reach 35 to 39 degrees on Friday, which could increase the impact on vulnerable people.

As of August 9 at noon, all travel and activity within wooded areas that fall under provincial jurisdiction were restricted to prevent the spark of more wildfires.

Air quality statements have been issued for counties surrounding the regions the fires are burning.

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A stubborn fire is growing near Seven Mile Lake in Nova Scotia, prompting the government to impose a travel ban on the province's trails and parks. Government of Nova Scotia
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A water bomber scoops up a load of water to drop on the Seven Mile Lake wildfire. Government of Nova Scotia
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A sign shows the wildfire risk at "extreme.". Government of Nova Scotia
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Smoke is seem billowing from the Seven Mile Lake fire in this NASA satellite image. NASA Satellite Image
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A stubborn fire is growing near Seven Mile Lake in Nova Scotia, prompting the government to impose a travel ban on the province's trails and parks. Government of Nova Scotia
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Air quality statements have been issued for the counties in the region of the Seven Mile Lake fire. Environment Canada
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A water bomber scoops up a load of water to drop on the Seven Mile Lake wildfire. Government of Nova Scotia
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Crews fighting the Seven Mile Lake fire from the sky. The fire grew about 100 hectares overnight Monday. Government of Nova Scotia
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A water bomber drops on the wildfire burning at Seven Mile Lake. Government of Nova Scotia
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A burned out area of forest near the Seven Mile Lake wildfire. Government of Nova Scotia
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A firefighter works at the site of the Maitland Bridge wildfire. Government of Nova Scotia
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A firefighting helicopter involved in battling the Seven Mile Lake wildfire. Government of Nova Scotia

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