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UPDATE: Cappahayden forest fire grows overnight

Winds blowing at 35 km/h are making it difficult for fire crews to battle a forest fire in the Cappahayden area of the Southern Shore region of the Avalon Peninsula Monday. Shown above are flames and smoke from the blaze from an image taken on Sunday afternoon and posted on Facebook by Randy Wheeler.
Winds blowing at 35 km/h are making it difficult for fire crews to battle a forest fire in the Cappahayden area of the Southern Shore region of the Avalon Peninsula Monday. Shown above are flames and smoke from the blaze from an image taken on Sunday afternoon and posted on Facebook by Randy Wheeler. - Sam McNeish

Water bomber, helicopter, fresh crew on ground fighting blaze

Fire crews are still working to contain a forest fire in the Cappahayden area of the Avalon Peninsula at this hour.
The fire, which crews have battled all weekend long, is still being considered a fairly active fire by Jeff Motty, the duty officer responsible for Fisheries and Land resources forest protection.

“At last report, we said the fire was around 15 hectares, but it grew by 15-20 per cent overnight,’’ Motty said.
“We changed crews out this morning at 7:30 a.m. There are three people on site right now, a water bomber and a helicopter working to contain the fire,’’ he added.

Winds on scene are blowing at 35 km/h from the West Southwest and are making it difficult for firefighting efforts.

He said there is a good strategic plan being used right now and if that works Motty said the crews should be able to better contain the fire.
Motty said an additional fire in Grate’s Cove on the Northern tip of the Avalon Peninsula has been contained by fire crews and an a smaller blaze on Old Pennywell Road was doused as well.

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