Several Cole Harbour homes under mandatory evacuation due to forest fire

Halifax Fire says firefighters are still battling an out of control forest fire in the Salt Marsh Trail area of Cole Harbour.

An evacuation order issued Sunday started as 'strongly recommended' but has changed to mandatory for 10 to 15 homes on Astral Drive.

While most of the fire is deep in the woods, a fire official says the blaze is 300 metres from some homes.

The province's Department of Natural Resources has taken over command of the scene, since the fire is on provincial land.

However, a number of Halifax Fire crews continue to help.

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement, saying residents down wind of the fire may experience smoke and elevated pollution.