Central Newfoundland wildfires now fully contained

Central Newfoundland wildfires now fully contained
Central Newfoundland wildfires now fully contained

Provincial government officials have now said the fires in central Newfoundland are fully contained.

Forestry Minister Derrick Bragg said while fire parameters are not expected to spread further, people venturing into burned areas may still encounter hot spots for some time to come.

He says people can still see tufts of smoke from burned areas or bogs well into the fall, unless and until the areas receive torrential rains.

About half a dozen cabins were lost in the fires.

A debrief on the fires will take place next week, but in the meantime, Bragg commends the ground and air crews in this province and those in other jurisdictions who came out for helping to limit the amount of property damage.

“Words cannot express” the thanks he has for the many people who came together to fight the fires and keep people safe. He says it’s unfortunate that some cabins were lost, “but the potential was there that we could have lost up to 200 cabins”.

All forest access roads that were still closed following the fires are now open to the public with some restrictions related to ongoing helicopter work in some areas.

. Central Newfoundland wildfires fully contained

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