TCH remains closed as safety precaution
— Photo by Nei Simmons/Special to The Telegram
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) in Labrador west is advising the public that the Trans-Labrador Highway remains closed.
Escorts through the area have stopped due to a flareup occurring from the ongoing forest fire in the area next to the highway near Cowboy Creek.
Once it is advised by fire crews that it is safe, the RNC says escorts will resume for supply trucks and only those deemed absolutely necessary required to travel the Trans-Labrador Highway.
The RNC is also reminding motorists that checkpoints are established for the safety of the general public and drivers should not stop their vehicles in front of the checkpoint area (particularly at Route 500) because they will obstruct emergency vehicles.
It says cabin owners should also not access the area by other means of transportation since their safety could potentially be in jeopardy with the forest smoldering and hot spots that could flare up at any time.
The public is encouraged to listen to local radio stations and monitor news media reports for more information.
The RNC says people should remember, all action taken by emergency officials is in the interest of public safety.