Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Forest fire near McAdam, New Brunswick, continues out of control

About 15 hectares have burned in Modsley Lake area since fire started on weekend from lightning

CBC News Posted: Aug 09, 2016 10:46 AM AT Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016 5:58 PM AT
A forest fire near McAdam continues to burn out of control reports the New Brunswick Forest Fire Centre.

The fire near Modsley Lake had burned approximately 15 hectares as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Water bombers were called in Tuesday afternoon as the fire was starting to break through the retardant line that was laid out Monday.
They managed to keep the fire from growing and kept it within that 15 hectare area.

The forest fire centre reports that firefighters continue to make progress, but it is still not contained due to the rocky terrain, which is making it difficult to work.

Officials believe a lightning strike started the fire over the weekend.

High winds on Monday fanned the flames and caused the fire to spread.

As of Tuesday afternoon, all counties in New Brunswick are closed for burning.

There have been 250 forest fires to date in the province this year, which have burned about 250.2 hectares.

The number of fires to date is above the 10-year average of 205, however the area burned to date is below the 10-year average of 314 hectares.


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