FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development has lifted all restrictions on Crown land that were put in place earlier this month.

On June 19, all industrial and recreational activities were restricted on Crown land due to extremely dry conditions across New Brunswick.

“Conditions have improved but the forest fire threat is still serious,” said Natural Resources and Energy Development Minister Mike Holland. “The public is asked to remain vigilant and be cautious when in the woods. With Canada Day celebrations happening this week, people are asked to refrain from setting off fireworks. Our forests are still dry and we need several days of steady rain to reduce the fire risk.”

Dry conditions this spring have resulted in a busy forest fire season. So far this year, about 290 wildfires have burned more than 1,161 hectares of forest land. The 10-year average to this date is 158 wildfires and 197 hectares.

Current burning restrictions and the Provincial Forest Fire Summary are updated daily at 2 p.m. and are available online.