forest fire file

A forest fire is burning about one kilometre from Benton, 10 kilometres east of Gander. (CBC)

A waterbomber and a ground crew of seven firefighters are tackling a forest fire that broke out in central Newfoundland on Thursday afternoon.

The fire started around 3 p.m. and is burning within a kilometre of Benton, about 15 kilometres east of Gander. 

Forestry officials said it is a small fire at this point, burning within an area of 50 metres by 50 metres.

However, officials told CBC News that there's some concern as winds in the area are reportedly high. 

There is a slowdown of traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway, which is near where the fire is burning.