Fire near popular walking trail in Cole Harbour, N.S., contained

Officials say a large blaze that forced the evacuation of homes near a popular hiking trail in Cole Harbour, N.S., has been contained.

Deputy fire Chief Roy Hollett said there were several flare-ups early Monday that came within roughly 400 metres of homes near the Salt Marsh Trail about a half hour outside Halifax.

The fire, which was originally reported at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, had become dormant overnight but sparked up again.

Hollett said the fire came within about 100 metres of homes Sunday, prompting an initial evacuation.

On Monday morning, between 10 and 20 homes in the area on Astral Drive were under a mandatory evacuation order that originally applied to roughly 85 homes, though it was lifted for most of them by about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Those evacuees were allowed to return home by Monday afternoon, as the province's Natural Resources Department announced the fire was 90 to 100 per cent contained.