The forest fire season officially began this week and the entire province of New Brunswick is already under a burn ban.
The Department of Natural Resources says with little precipitation lately and the snow gone, the landscape has yet to become green and it is a dangerous time for fires.
Dead grass and branches become fast fuel for fires during early spring.
DNR reports about 30 fires have been recorded in New Brunswick so far this month which is near the 10-year average.
Two deer in a snowy field near Elgin, NB, 19 April 2015 (Dearing)
While the snow cover is almost gone in Greater Moncton, lots of snow still remains in the woods.
My friend and I discovered that on Sunday during a trip through Albert County and also spotted two deer in a field near Elgin.
New Brunswick DNR officials have said many deer likely died over the cold and snowy winter.
Charred remains of a mobile home on Middlesex Road, NB, 08 May 2013 (Dearing)
As of mid-afternoon today, a forest fire in the River Glade area was classified as contained by the Department of Natural Resources.
The fire has consumed more than 150 hectares of land and has destroyed two mobile homes on Middlesex Road.
No one has been hurt.
DNR officials say the fire is no longer threatening homes and is mainly burning in a wooded area.
More than 100 ground personnel are on scene today along with two helicopters dropping water on hotspots and six bulldozers creating a containment line around the blaze.
The River Glade fire has been the largest forest fire in New Brunswick in several years.
Forest fire near River Glade, NB, 07 May 2013 (Dearing)
Firefighters from several communities along with officials from the Department of Natural Resources have been battling a forest fire since mid-afternoon today near River Glade.
The fire was first reported around 2pm and has destroyed two mobile homes on Middlesex Road.
RCMP are helping to evacuate a number of area residents.
Despite efforts on the ground and by air to attack the fire, the DNR says it has spread over 150 hectares.
The smoke was visible and could even be smelled in Greater Moncton by late this afternoon.
As of 11:30pm, the fire was still classified as out of control.
Burning ban across NB, 07 May 2013 (DNR)
New Brunswick has seen more fires this year than in 2012 according to the Department of Natural Resources.
So far there have been 250 fires throughout the province – all of which have been man made.
But DNR officials say it is fairly typical to have a rash of fires before the landscape “greens up”.
The entire province is now under a burning ban.