N.B. gov­ern­ment or­ders re­stric­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

FRED­ER­IC­TON - New Brunswick is bone dry, and the gov­ern­ment is re­strict­ing forestry oper­a­tions be­cause of the fire risk. En­ergy and Re­source De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Rick Doucet says the for­est fire hazard in the prov­ince is the high­est in 20 years. He has is­sued a min­is­te­rial order un­der the For­est Fires Act to limit forestry oper­a­tions.

The re­stric­tions in­clude no har­vest­ing, for­ward­ing, site prepa­ra­tion or pre-com­mer­cial thin­ning be­tween the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. for all oper­a­tions with two or more peo­ple or oper­a­tions us­ing me­chan­i­cal equip­ment.

A to­tal of 98 for­est fires have burned al­most 124 hectares of for­est so far this year.

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