May 15, 2009
BATHURST (CNB) - Forest fires in the Bathurst area caused some residents to be briefly evacuated from their homes on Thursday, May 14.
Local firefighters battled the fires, and Emergency Measures Organization volunteers helped with the evacuations.
At their worst, the fires were classified as out of control. High winds hampered firefighting efforts and prevented AT-802 fire-tanker aircraft from taking off. The tankers are one of the most useful tools for fighting forest fires.
Evacuees were allowed to return to their homes once the fires had died down late Thursday. A local ranger is assessing the fires. There is no indication that they will pose a further threat, although officials are monitoring the situation in case winds reignite the blaze.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Jones, Department of Natural Resources, 506-453-2635.