Stein Lake wildfire now listed as ‘contained’

A wildfire in Charlotte County that’s been burning out of control for the last week is now being considered as “contained.”

Flames broke out in a wooded area of Chamcook, N.B., shortly after 1:30 p.m. on May 28 after an ATV fire extended into the woods and travelled too fast to be controlled.

It resulted in roughly 400 homes being evacuated. Evacuation orders were lifted on Tuesday.

According to New Brunswick’s Department of Natural Resources, the blaze, which has been referred to as “Stein Lake,” is now listed as being contained.

Saint Andrews Mayor Brad Anderson addresses reporters at a press conference in Saint Andrews, N.B. on Monday, May 29, 2023. (Photo: Facebook Image Capture)

Saint Andrews Mayor Brad Henderson said on Twitter the classification is due to the hard work of DNR, firefighters and “our friend Mother Nature.”

“Continue to be alert but much to be grateful for tonight,” he said.

Environment Canada predicts another 15 to 25 millimetres of rain to fall in Saint John and the surrounding areas, which is expected to aid in firefighting efforts.

“I thank our hard-working firefighters for their determination and bravery as they continue to fight this fire,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a statement issued Wednesday.

“I also applaud the support and donations of food, water and lodging to first responders and evacuees by residents of the areas impacted by the fire.”

All areas of New Brunswick remain under a complete burn ban.

New Brunswick Fire Prevention Officer Roger Collet speaks at a press conference in Saint Andrews, N.B. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (Photo: Facebook Image Capture)

Roger Collet, New Brunswick’s fire prevention officer, said Tuesday that New Brunswickers must be diligent to prevent other fires from starting.

“Forest fires can move quickly,” Collet told reporters.

“There’s a ban on burning for a reason.”

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