Labrador highway remains closed, fire no immediate threat to towns

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The RNC in the Labrador City area is advising the public that the Trans Labrador Highway remains closed between the weigh scales and Cowboy Creek due to forest fires.

However, the RNC says there is no immediate threat to any nearby municipalities.

A news release notes that public safety remains the priority any individuals who feel they are too close to the fire are asked to move towards Ashuanapi River.

Absolutely no instruction has been given by the RNC for the removal of personal property from the area. Cabin owners in that area are reminded in the interest of safety to not attempt to enter that particular area.

The RNC appreciates the co-operation of citizens in this situation.

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(Earlier stories)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is advising that the Trans-Canada Highway near a forest fire in Labrador west has now been closed to all motorists as a safety measure, while water bombers contiue to battle the blaze.

Winds have increased and around 1:30 p.m., the Department of Natural Resources advised that the fire and smoke is approaching the Trans-Labrador Highway in the forested area between the weigh scales near the Labrador City and Cowboy Creek area.

 

Cabin owners in that area are reminded in the interest of safety, to not attempt to

enter this area. The RNC said it appreciates the co-operation of citizens in this

situation.

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(Earlier story)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in the Labrador City area is advising the public that the Trans-Labrador Highway in Labrador west remains closed today as a result of a forest fire that began in the area Sunday.

In a news release, the RNC says it is working in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources to ensure the safety of the public.

At this point, commercial vehicles containing necessary supplies, individuals with certain medical concerns and individuals with legitimate business will be escorted through the area between the weigh station near Labrador City to the check point east of Cowboy Creek as well as from Churchill Falls to Wabush.

The RNC is continuing to advise the public who have cabins in the forested area between the weigh scales and Cowboy Creek to remain away from the area as a water bomber is still actively deploying water.

Throughout the night the RNC, assisted by a Labrador Ground Search and Rescue Team and the Wabush Fire Department safely evacuated cabin owners and escorted traffic westward from a checkpoint at Demille Lake to Labrador City.

Until a further assessment of the fire conditions is conducted from the air by the Department of Natural Resources and safety of motorists can be assured, no new traffic will be permitted to enter onto the Trans-Labrador Highway.

TC Media will provide updates on our website throughout the day.

 

 

Organizations: Labrador City, Wabush Fire Department, Department of Natural Resources Trans-Labrador Highway.A

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • Unknown
    June 24, 2013 - 12:29

    Dont think people are excited as Patrick is about the fire people lost cabin that mean the world to them. It's heartbreaking, also very very sad times for people who have lost there cabin. This picture with his thumb up isn't the best photo