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New Brunswick fire crews knock down fire on Miscou Island, evacuation still in effect

The woods are very dry and the entire province is under a ban on burning.
The woods are very dry and the entire province is under a ban on burning. File Photo / Global News

New Brunswick’s fire prevention officer says crews have knocked down a large forest fire on Miscou Island in the province’s northeast, but 25 people who fled the flames can’t return to their homes just yet.

Roger Collet says that by mid-morning Monday the fire was still listed as out-of-control, but he expected that to be updated to contained later in the day.

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The fire, which started Saturday afternoon, has consumed about eight hectares.

Collet says no homes were burned, but a small shed or garage was lost.

Water bombers were used over the weekend, but Collet says he expects ground crews to complete the work.

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About 20 homes were evacuated and Collet says people were allowed back in just to gather belongings.

He says the woods are very dry and the entire province is under a ban on burning.

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