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Nova Scotia Wildfires – Updated May 29 at 8:45 pm

Monday May 29, 2023 News Release “Support for Nova Scotians Impacted by Wildfires; Provincewide Burn Ban”:

Key Points:

  • Nova Scotians who have been severely impacted by recent wildfires will receive financial support from the Province. Premier Tim Houston announced today, May 29, that the Province will provide $500 to every household required to evacuate because of recent fires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County.
  • The funding will be administered through the Canadian Red Cross. Further details on eligibility and how residents can register will be available Tuesday, May 30.
  • Volunteer firefighters will also receive support. The province will now pay the mileage for volunteer firefighters who need to travel to another community to fight fires, including wildfires. Volunteer fire departments can submit their invoices to the provincial Emergency Management Office (EMO).
  • The Province is also declaring a provincewide burn ban because of the seriousness of the current fires. The ban will remain in place until June 25 unless the Province determines it can be lifted sooner. Anyone who contravenes the ban can be subject to prosecution under the Forest Act.

Nova Scotia Government – Wildfires Website

The Nova Scotia government has launched a new website with the latest emergency alerts and resource information about the wildfires:

It includes updates and links to social media accounts on where to find comfort centres, road closures, school closures, and more.

Evacuation Information

There are currently evacuation orders for the following areas:
*Take your pets with you when you evacuate*

Halifax Regional Municipality 

List of evacuated areas and map of evacuated areas can be found at:

All HRM residents who have been required to evacuate must register with 311, as staff will follow-up when more information becomes available.


Evacuation Centre*  * UPDATED * May 29 8:10 pm 

  • Canada Games Centre at 26 Thomas Raddall Drive is currently being operated by Red Cross as an evacuation centre and will remain open until further notice.
  • Pets are being accommodated at Canada Games Center for those residents who are staying at the shelter. Disaster Animal Response Team, St. John’s Ambulance, Salvation Army on site supporting. 
  • Public Health Mobile unit is meeting with evacuees to address acute medical needs at this location

Comfort Centres * * UPDATED * May 29 8:10 pm * Comfort Centres have changed due to the needs of the community as power restoration continues and fluctuates in different areas:

Comfort centre details are as follows:

  • Black Point and Area Community Centre | 8579 St Margarets Bay Road. The comfort centre will open at 7 a.m. on May 29 and will close 9 p.m. tonight May 29
  • Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre | 1583 Beaver Bank Road. The comfort centre is open and will close 9 p.m. tonight May 29

Birch Cove Baptist Church

  • Church building at 50 Donaldson Avenue, Halifax, is available for anyone who needs a place to be today (Monday, May 29) 
  • Couches, coffee, electricity for charging devices, and offers of places to stay if you need shelter tonight
  • Will do their best to connect people with whatever help they need * Call 902-817-2664
  • Source:

Community YMCA (Gottingen Street, Halifax) and John W. Lindsay YMCA (Sackville Street, Halifax)

Parking at Mic Mac Mall for RVs

  • For people who are evacuating due to the wildfire in Upper Tantallon and need space for RVs and trailers requiring additional parking, the overflow parking lot is available at Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth. Please call and check in with security upon arrival 902-497-4507
  • Source:

Parking at Dartmouth Crossing for Evacuees

  • For any evacuees in need of an area to park a vehicle or use onsite amenities, there is extra parking available adjacent to Countryview Dr near Under Armour and ear Best Buy for use, as well as public washrooms in The Village Shops. Please check in with administration office at 902-445-8883 for more information
  • Source:

 Shubie Campground Dartmouth space for Displaced Campers

  • Shubie Campground is open and able to accept campers displaced by the fire. Please call the office or stop by in person and they will do their best to accommodate everyone. Call 902-435-8328 or email
  • 30 John Brenton Dr, Dartmouth

Halifax Regional Municipality website with resource information about the wildfires can be found at:

Latest notifications from Halifax Regional Municipality about the wildfire can be found at:

News release from HRM as of Monday May 29 at 2:45pm:


Shelburne County

List of evacuated areas and map of evacuated areas can be found at:

Red Cross Evacuation Centres in Shelburne County

  • Shelburne Community Center at 63 King Street, Shelburne
  • Municipality of Barrington Administrative Centre at 2447 Highway 3, Barrington, multipurpose room
  • Red Cross is set up with food, water, beds and is ready to help anyone in need

Shelburne County East Emergency Management

  • Updates can be found at:
  • Please call 902-875-3544 ext 245 and register that you have evacuated and are safe from the area
  • If you require assistance for evacuation please call 902-875-8407. Calling 911 is still only to be used for emergency purposes, not for assistance for evacuation.

Barrington and Town of Clark’s Harbour Emergency Management Organization

Yarmouth REMO * NEW * May 29 8:10 pm

  • Highway 103 has been closed at exit 30, fire has changed direction, and there is no way around all the way to Shelburne
  • Yarmouth Ground Search and Rescue team is at the snowplow turn arounds on the 103 before Oak Park
  • 1300 homes are presently being evacuated and IC and Evacuation centers are moving
  • The fire has passed the bridge in Port Clyde, and they can see the flames from the arena in Barrington

Evacuation Centre:

* NEW *Opening Yarmouth Fire at 221 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth which can house 300 people upstairs and we have put the Mariner’s Center at 45 Jody Shelley Drive, Yarmouth on standby

Additional Provincial Wildfire Response Resources:

School Closure Information:

EMO updates: The Emergency Management Office posts information on social media:

Road closures: Road closure information is posted on 511 social media:

Pet Evacuation:

Nova Scotia SPCA –If you are being evacuated from the wildfires and need a space for your pet, please text SPCA at 902-229-8620. The Nova Scotia SPCA has over 75 evacuated animals in care as of Monday morning, and we are making room to help more.

To those reaching out to help, thank you for your kindness . You can help provide food, litter and medical care with a donation today Every bit helps.

We have expanded our Paws & Support program to provide housing for dogs, cats and critters displaced by the fire, as well as owners with unexpected short-term in-hospital treatment or transition out of domestic violence relationships. Thank you for caring.

Bide Awhile — Has pet supplies for those who were able to safely evacuate their pets. Call the shelter to arrange pickup of supplies 902-469-9578

Good Bones Dog Rescue — Has pet supplies for displaces pets due to the fires. Reach out to Rescue for information * Locations Good Bones is available to offer pet supplies: Chester * Bridgewater * Fall River * Dartmouth * Brooklyn

Tantallon Veterinary Hospital — Is open * They have power, but no internet and no phone * Has coffee and water and vets ready to help * Also have room to house cats overnight or dogs for the day * Please stop in 

Evacuation and Medication: Public Notice from Pharmacy Association of NS:

Many people in our communities were forced to leave their homes with little notice this weekend due to fires. Nova Scotia Health and the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia have heard that people are missing their medications or have medication-related questions.

You should know:

  • If you do not have access to your medication, please contact your local pharmacy and request a renewal.
  • If you cannot get to your local pharmacy, you can contact any other pharmacy and they will be able to help you by looking up your information and medications on the Drug Information System.
  • If you have missed at least one dose of your medication and are looking for advice on when to take your next dose of medication, please contact your local pharmacy or ask a pharmacist near you.

The following pharmacies are in the HRM evacuation zone and are currently closed:

  • Medicine Shoppe Tantallon
  • Sobeys Tantallon
  • Hammonds Plains PharmaChoice

Release found at: 

Update: Please note – Kingswood Guardian (3 Kingswood Dr.) IS OPEN regular hours on Monday May 29. Nova Scotia Health apologizes for the error. Source:



  • In the event of an emergency in Nova Scotia, please dial 911.
  • For professional health advice in Nova Scotia, please dial 811.
  • For road conditions in Nova Scotia, please dial 511.
  • For HRM municipal services (buses, garbage, etc.), please dial 311. (Halifax Regional Municipality only)


For information on preparing for an emergency, you can visit:

• Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) website at

• Canadian Red Cross (Nova Scotia) website at

• Public Safety Canada website at

• For power outages please visit Nova Scotia Power at or call the outage line at 1-877-428-6004

• For information on preparing for a flood, you can visit:Public Safety Canada website at

• To find up-to-date emergency or storm information on Twitter: @NSEMO, @canredcrossns, @nspowerinc (or search “NS Power Outages: and choose the Twitter handle that represents your area of NS), @RCMPNS @cbcstorm