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Emergency centre set up in New Brunswick town

May 8, 2013, Kedgwick, N.B. – A reception centre has been set up in a community hall in a village in northwestern New Brunswick in case a forest fire forces people to flee their homes.

May 8, 2013
By The Canadian Press

May 8, 2013, Kedgwick, N.B. – A reception centre has been set up in a community hall in a village in northwestern New Brunswick in case a forest fire forces people to flee their homes.

However, a spokesman for the provincial Department of Natural Resources says the fire has "subsided substantially" Tuesday night and there were no evacuations in Kedgwick, about 300 kilometres north of Fredericton.

A spokeswoman for the RCMP said earlier that some residents were being asked to evacuate because the fire was drawing dangerously close to the community.

Natural Resources official Charles Beaulieu said a meeting was held with residents Tuesday night to bring them up to speed on the situation and they returned to their homes.

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Beaulieu says the fire covers about 75 hectares.

He says bulldozers planned to work around the community overnight and crews would be back working the fire in the morning.