Between May and June 2023, wildfires affecting Barrington Lake, Shelburne County and Tantallon, Halifax County reached unprecedented levels resulting in evacuations, damaged areas of over 25,000 hectares, and more than 200 homes lost. The wildfire in Shelburne County became the largest wildfire in recorded history in the province of Nova Scotia. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables (DNRR) promptly activated the Provincial Wildfire Coordination Centre (PWCC), and with the collective and supportive efforts from DNRR staff, volunteer firefighters, municipal and out-of-province fire departments, government, and non-government organizations, the wildfires were well under control by June 11, 2023.