Premier reports "a cautiously optimistic day" dealing with wildfires in Churchill Falls

    Thursday, 27 June 2024 07:00

    By Tonya Organ

    Andrew Furey says the fire is about 3 kms from the town of Churchill Falls , but the wind pattern is favourable, and temperatures and the humidex are down,

    A little cooperation from Mother Nature has helped ease the situation with wildfires in Churchill Falls. The whole community was evacuated on Tuesday after the fires jumped the river closer to the community. At a news update yesterday, Premier Andrew Furey says the evacuation was seamless but the fire did cross the river in two locations. It travelled at about 2 km/hr towards the airport, jumped over Hyde Lake, and then jumped the airstrip coming up against a reservoir. Tuesday night the fire settled to a category 2 and 3, and thankfully did not move easterly. Furey says it’s a dynamic situation and anything can change. He says the fire is about 3 kms from the town of Churchill Falls , but the wind pattern is favourable, and temperatures and the humidex are down. Furey says water bombers are still working on fire suppression with 8 available to help. NL Hydro will continue to work on getting power to Wabush.

     

     

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