New Brunswick

Forest fire in Barnaby still out of control, but crews making gains

A forest fire in Barnaby, N.B. is still out of control Monday afternoon but crews are working to contain the fire. 

Fire hard to contain due to windy conditions

A forest fire in Barnaby, N.B., is still out of control but no homes are threatened said a spokesperson with the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development. (Facebook/Dawn Lynch)

A forest fire in Barnaby, N.B. is still out of control Monday afternoon.

But, Kelly Cormier, a spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development said the crews were making gains to contain it. 

"The fire has been difficult to contain as the results of windy conditions yesterday causing numerous spot fires." she said. 

Some residents in the community prepared for evacuation Sunday afternoon as air tankers and fire crews tried to bring a forest fire under control.

The forest fire in Barnaby is still listed as out of control Monday. (Government of New Brunswick)

The community is about 40 kilometres south of Miramichi. 

Gerrit Bosma said his family was packed and prepared to evacuate if needed, but he hoped the fire would be contained with the help of air tankers from Forest Protection Limited.

"It's going away from us but I think they have it contained," Bosma said in a Facebook message. 

Three homes in the area were threatened at one point, said Cormier.

By Sunday night no homes were in danger.

"Air tanker and ground attack was effective in eliminating that threat," Cormier said in an email.

But the fire is still out of control and six air tankers are working to keep it contained. 

The fire is burning on the North and South Barnaby Roads. It covers 20 hectares.

The Miramichi Fire Department had crews at the site helping crews from the Department of Natural Resources. 

The province has been under a complete fire ban for a week.

The Upper Kingsclear and ​​​Nashwaak Valley fire departments issued warnings on social media urging people to respect the ban. They warned of the possibility of a fine from the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development if it is determined a wildfire is the result of human carelessness.

"They will not be issuing warnings. Again, please be careful," the Nashwaak Valley Fire Department post read. 

 

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