Nepean brush fire burns through 100 acres
Ottawa fire crews are stomping out another brush fire in west Ottawa Thursday, while looking into the chance there could be a man inside that forest.
Smoke from a fire about a kilometre west of Moodie Drive in Nepean could be seen from the Queensway, the Ottawa International Airport and as far away as downtown Ottawa.
Multiple homes in the area of Richmond Road and West Hunt Club Road have been evacuated because of smoke, but the fire was declared under control around 6:15 p.m.
Acting Platoon Chief John Simpson told CTV Ottawa there was a possibility a man could be inside the affected area after they got a call suggesting so.
"We're also doing a search for a civilian that's supposed to be lost in there right now," he said. "We have crews looking for that gentleman."
However, as of 6:20 p.m. fire officials said there was no evidence someone was inside the wooded area.
Moodie Drive is closed between Fallowfield Drive and West Hunt Club Road so crews can get water into the wooded area, as well as that same stretch of Richmond Road.
A helicopter is also helping get water to the scene.
Officials say the fire took up an area of about 100 acres, with Ottawa's fire chief John deHooge asking people to stay away from the area.
"We are in drought conditions, there's been a burn ban in place for a while now," Simpson said. "I'm not too sure how it started but it will be under investigation."
Earlier fire burns ten acres in south Ottawa
Fire crews are also still checking for hot spots after a brush fire in a south Ottawa forest Wednesday night.
Ottawa fire crews said a passing aircraft told them of a fire in the Marlborough Forest area, about 60 kilometres south of downtown, around 4:09 p.m.
After driving ATVs into the forest off Dyer Hill Road and getting help from a Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter, crews found the fire around 8:30 p.m.
Three ATVs, two brush fire-fighting vehicles and 25 firefighters were able to contain and then put out the fire.
About ten acres of brush and thick grass were affected, with some people staying overnight to make sure it didn’t flare up again.
Ottawa police said a small number of marijuana plants were found in the area affected by the fire, which were removed to be destroyed.
Weeks of drought conditions have left fire indexes at high to extreme across the region.