Firefighters from Fredericton, Upper Kingsclear, New Maryland and the Department of Natural Resources were called to battle a forest fire in the Hanwell area on Tuesday night.

Mike Mizner, the platoon captain with the Fredericton Fire Department, said the fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. in the woods off of Timothy Drive.

When firefighters arrived they were greeted by a column of heavy black smoke rising from the woods.

There were no roads leading to the fire.

Water bombers were called to assist in knocking down the fire. By the time the water bombers arrived, the fire had grown to the size of a football field, according to Mizner.

Hanwell forest fire

Firefighters from Fredericton, Upper Kingsclear, New Maryland and the Department of Natural Resources were all involved in battling a forest fire in the Hanwell area on Tuesday night. (Facebook)

The planes dropped water on it for more than an hour before it was contained. By that time, the size of the fire had grown to about three hectares.

“It spread quite a ways in a very short time,” Mizner said.

“That will happen depending on the fuel [in the forest], time and the weather conditions.”

Firefighters continued working to put it out until dark. There were no reports of flare ups overnight but the firefighters will be heading back out on Wednesday morning to put out hot spots.

The Department of Natural Resources has issued a burn ban for most of New Brunswick.