Fire crews back in Brigus to contain forest fire

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Fire crews in Brigus are fighting a forest fire in the community for a second day. The fire was about three hectares in size on Wednesday. (Submitted by Christle Leonard - image credit)
Fire crews in Brigus are fighting a forest fire in the community for a second day. The fire was about three hectares in size on Wednesday. (Submitted by Christle Leonard - image credit)
Submitted by Christle Leonard
Submitted by Christle Leonard

Fire crews in Conception Bay North are continuing work to contain a forest fire near Brigus on Thursday.

The fire, which was about three hectares in size Wednesday afternoon, according to provincial forest fire officer Wesley Morgan, was about 20 per cent contained as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

Four firefighters will be on the scene throughout the day, Morgan said Thursday, adding there is no need for a water bomber to return to the scene.

"You can have flare-ups within that other 80 per cent, but it's not a fire that's spreading out," Morgan said. "It's a fire that we're working on in the hot spots within that 80 per cent."

A home on Frog Marsh Road in Brigus also caught fire, and sustained siding damage.

Brigus Mayor Shears Mercer, who is also part of the local fire brigade, said Thursday the house is a summer home for a family outside the community. No one was in the home at the time.

Morgan said the fire spread quickly as a result of light winds and dry conditions. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, he said, but larger fires around this time of year are often started by humans.

"People think the temperature's not that hot, we're kind of cool this year and that fire is not a real risk.… What we learn is that most fires this time of year are human-caused in nature, so any human-caused fires are considered preventable," he said.

With the May 24 long weekend approaching, Morgan said people should check the province's fire hazard map before they make a fire. People should also check the conditions around them and make sure fires are fully extinguished before they leave them.

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