Firefighters with the Department of Natural Resources fought 67 forest fires on the island part of the province, and 32 fires in Labrador during the 2013 official forest fire season.
TC Media file photo of a forest fire being fought at Mount Moriah on the province's west coast.
In total, 53 hectares of forest land burnt on the island. In Labrador, 49,900 hectares were burnt, most of which was located in remote and inaccessible areas.
The numbers were announced today by Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.
“Overall, it was an average season in terms of the number of fires, however, there were periods of heightened activity near the end of June and early July when it was extremely busy, especially in Labrador,” Dalley said in a news release
“During that period, fire suppression activities proved to be challenging with high winds, warmer than average temperatures and very little precipitation to assist relief efforts.”
The official forest fire season began on the island on May 1 and in Labrador on May 15. The season ended in both regions on Sept. 30.
Government implemented an outdoor fire ban for forest land in Labrador when dry weather and hot temperatures combined to elevate the forest fire threat throughout the region. Two fires, one near Wabush and the other at Gull Island, proved challenging given the weather conditions at the time. The Wabush fire posed a serious risk to the town leading to the deployment of a provincial incident management team and the evacuation of residents.