An out-of-control forest fire in Western Labrador is now contained and down to a couple of hot spots according to the Department of Natural Resources.
As of Sunday morning, four firefighters with the department were handling what was left of the fire, with a helicopter placed on standby. The fire is burning within a two-hectare area just north of Labrador City.
The fire required the attention of a water bomber on Saturday, but it was not in use as of Sunday morning. The weather forecast for Western Labrador appears to be favourable, with Environment Canada calling for showers late Sunday afternoon. Showers are also in the extended forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Local Fire Chief Joe Power ordered a complete ban on opening burn in Labrador City and neighbouring planning zones on Friday. It remained in effect Sunday.
Crews in Western Labrador are battling a forest fire the Department of Natural Resources considers out-of-control.
The two-hectare fire — comparable in size to a pair of sports fields — is in the Smokey Mountain area located just north of Labrador City and Wabush.
As of late Saturday afternoon, firefighters were en route to the affected area to provide support from the ground. A water bomber was already in the area tackling the fire from above.
The out-of-control classification would mean the fire is only responding on a limited basis to suppression tactics. This means its perimeter could spread.
On Friday, Labrador City Fire Chief Joe Power declared a complete ban on open burning within the municipality and planning zones that include Smokey Mountain.
As of 4 p.m. Saturday, Wabush Airport was reporting a temperature of 26 C.