Escuminac Point forest fire under control
Cause believed to be campfire, entire province now under burn ban
A 15-hectare forest fire in eastern New Brunswick has been deemed under control, but the entire province is now under a burn ban.
About eight firefighters were still working on hot spots at Escuminac Point as of Tuesday afternoon.
The fire had been raging out of control earlier in the day.
The Forest Fire Control Centre says crews fought the blaze from the air and on the ground.
No homes or structures were in danger, officials said.
Norman Bourque, a conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources, believes the fire was started by a campfire.
"Somebody started a fire, probably on the weekend, they did a little campfire, they didn't put it out properly, they just put a little bit of water on it and thought it was out," he said.
"But with the wind picking up and changing direction, it just pushed it into the moss and once it gets into the moss. it's just like lots of fine fuels, so it just burnt."
All of New Brunswick is now closed to burning. Earlier in the day, only the northern counties of Madawaska, Restigouche and Gloucester were under a ban.
Started Monday night
Jeff Betts, a duty officer with the provincial forest fire centre, said the fire started at 8:45 p.m. on Monday and gained intensity on Tuesday.
"It was spreading very slowly, wasn't active until early this morning," Betts had said.
"No assets around it, I was told there was a radio tower about a half kilometre away, there's no homes. It's quite a ways out on the point, so there is a large natural barrier just beyond it."
Betts said the fire stopped spreading and crews were working to fight the fire with a foam mixture that sinks into the ground.
There were two other forest fires burning in the Fredericton area on Tuesday.
However, the Immigrant Road fire was considered contained and the Little Owl Lake fire was being patrolled. Those two fires were a combined 8.1 hectares in size.
So far this season, there have been 314 forest fires that have burned 767.2 hectares of forested areas compared to 2012 when 271 fires destroyed 338.2 hectares.