Homes evac­u­ated af­ter N.B. for­est fire

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Crews have knocked down a large for­est fire on Miscou Is­land in the prov­ince’s north­east, but 25 peo­ple who fled the flames can’t re­turn to their homes just yet.

Roger Col­let, New Brunswick’s fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer, said that by mid­morn­ing Mon­day the fire was still listed as out-of-con­trol, but he ex­pected that to be up­dated to con­tained later in the day.

“There are no more flames, just smoke, and crews are work­ing their way around the perime­ter,” Col­let said.

The fire, which started Satur­day af­ter­noon, has con­sumed about 80 hectares.

Col­let said no homes were burned, but a small shed or garage was lost.

He said there’s no in­di­ca­tion yet of a cause.

“We’re not 100 per cent sure on any­thing right now. They’ll prob­a­bly have some­one in there to in­ves­ti­gate it to try to de­ter­mine where the fire started. It looks like we can rule out a light­ning strike,” he said.

Wa­ter bombers were used over the week­end, but Col­let said he ex­pects ground crews to com­plete the work. He said there was one plane in the air Mon­day morn­ing, but that was just to be able to con­duct an aerial as­sess­ment.

About 20 homes were evac­u­ated and Col­let says peo­ple were al­lowed back in just to gather be­long­ings.

He said the woods are very dry and the en­tire prov­ince is un­der a ban on burn­ing.

“We haven’t had any rain or pre­cip­i­ta­tion in the last lit­tle while, and the humidity dropped about a week ago, so that also al­lows for more dry­ing.”


An out-of-con­trol for­est fire has forced 25 homes on Miscou Is­land to be evac­u­ated.

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