Burn ban issued for southern New Brunswick

New Brunswick has had about 200 fewer forest fires so far this year due to the late start of spring, but a burn ban has now been issued for the southern part of the province.

Number of forest fires in province down about 200 compared to same time last year

A burn ban has been issued for the southern part of New Brunswick. (Courtesy of Department of Natural Resources)

The Department of Natural Resources wildfire prevention unit has issued a no-burn restriction for the southern part of the province.

Wildfire prevention officer Charles Beaulieu expects restrictions will increase, however, as temperatures rise.

"We're probably three weeks behind typical fire season," said Beaulieu.

"With the long winter, lots of snow, and the cold spring, our numbers are way down from last year — 200 less than what we had this time last year, 60 less in our 10-year period," he said. "So a lot less fires than what we're accustomed to."

Most of the fires to date have been grass and field fires in the south, but they're started to creep into the north, said Beaulieu.

He says it's best to double check for burn restrictions before lighting up a campfire this holiday weekend and to ensure any campfires are always small and manageable. 

For more information about burn restrictions, call 1-866-458-8080.