Nova Scotia orders assessment of environmental damage from tire fire

Nova Scotia's environment minister says his department has issued a directive to an auto salvage yard that was the scene of a massive tire fire this week.

Iain Rankin says the yard in Upper Rawdon is being ordered to hire an environmental company to assess whether the fire, that burned in a pile of an estimated 1,000 tires, caused any long-term damage to nearby waterways.

Rankin says department investigators were on site on Wednesday and determined there wasn't "an immediate emergency."

He says the site was the subject of a previous directive in 2016 when it complied with a request to remove a number of its tires.

Rankin says his department is investigating what happened at the site and is also reviewing its industrial approval.

The tire fire burned overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday before it was extinguished.