Forest fire season officially started on the island Thursday, and it didn't take long for crews to be called into action.

A water bomber was called to a forest fire just outside Harbour Breton.

The fire covered a small area, measuring about 200 metres by 200 metres.

It burned within a half kilometre of the community, creating a lot of smoke in the area.           

Fire crews headed to the area on Thursday evening to start mopping up.