A helicopter dumps water on a forest fire in Mount Moriah Monday. — Photo by Geraldine Brophy/The Western Star
By Adam Harnum
TC Media — Corner Brook
Fire officials are warning west coast residents to take precautions when lighting fires during moderate- to high-forest fire index conditions following Monday’s blaze in the Serpentine Road area of Mount Moriah.
Alhough there is no fire ban in the area, forest fire duty officer Boyd Pittman strongly advised residents to be careful and not to have open fires.
“If you are ever in the woods at this time of year when indexes are high and conditions are dry, fires should not be lit,” said Pittman.
Fire officials continued to monitor the site of the fire throughout the morning Tuesday. Pittman said four firefighters arrived at around 9 a.m. to hose down potential hot spots and clean up debris.
According to Pittman, the fire crew was dismissed from the area around 2 p.m. and returned later in the evening to ensure no hot spots were missed.
The RCMP said Monday evening that an investigation was launched into the cause of the fire and remained ongoing as of Tuesday afternoon.
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