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N.B. premier urges caution amid dry conditions

By Brad Perry May 30, 2023 | 6:30 AM

Premier Blaine Higgs is urging New Brunswickers to be cautious outdoors over the coming days.

His comments come as the province remains under a burn ban amid extremely dry conditions.

“If you don’t need to be in the forests right now, I’m asking you to please stay out of them,” Higgs told reporters on Monday.

“By limiting the number of people out in the forests, we can also limit the opportunity for accidental fires.”

Higgs spoke during a news conference in the Saint Andrews area, where a massive forest fire has destroyed one home and forced hundreds of residents to flee.

The premier said there were 15 new fires across the province on Sunday — a number he described as “unprecedented.”

“It doesn’t take much for a fire to start so please be careful while doing anything outside that involves heat or flames,” said Higgs.

“Any activity such as leaving a barbecue unattended, disposing of used charcoal or setting off fireworks could be disastrous in the current conditions.”

New Brunswick had sent a number of aircraft to help fire crews in Nova Scotia but they were brought back on Sunday, the premier confirmed.


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