Fire burns 7.2 hectares near Happy Valley-Goose Bay

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A helicopter picks up water from the Churchill River on Saturday, to extinguish hot spots from a fire near Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The fire was contained quickly and crews are monitoring the area today. — Photo by Bonnie Learning/Transcontinental Media

Transcontinental Media— Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Fire crews continue to monitor an area close to Happy Valley-Goose Bay today, where a small forest fire broke out on Saturday.

The fire was reported at 1:30 p.m.

Fire crews were kept busy as they worked to contain the fire, about 10 kilometres from the town.

Dan Myles, provincial fire duty officer, said three helicopters, a water bomber, four firefighters, two tractors and a water truck were deployed to the area to fight the blaze.

“The water bomber had the fire put out by Saturday evening and the helicopters were sent in to put out any hot spots,” said Myles.

“We also had some rain (over the weekend) which helped as well.”

Myles said there was no immediate threat to the community, as it had been burning away from town.

The fire burned an area of approximately 7.2 hectares.

The cause of the fire remains unclear at this time.

Geographic location: Goose Bay, Happy Valley

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  • k. kay allen
    July 23, 2013 - 20:05

    Due to the large number of firefighters and emergency personnel in the area, the one hotel in Churchill Falls is full and there is no accommodation which means travellers have to drive from Goose Bay to Laborador City which is a six to nine hour drive depending on speed of driving and amount of construction.