Forest fire near Burgeo Highway contained

Brodie Thomas
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Updated: The forest fire that was burning near the netrance to the Burgeo Highway was contained with help from fire fighting crews and wet weather. Two water bombers were on the scene Saturday and crews monitored the fire into Sunday.

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Steve Balsom, director of legislation and compliance with the Department of Natural Resources, said the latest estimate on the area affected is about 350 hectares. He said about a third of that is bog and two thirds is forest and scrub.



The fire was still listed as out of control at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Balsom said things were pretty tense at times as the fire came within five and half kilometres of Stephenville Crossing.


Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers from Stephenville evacuated cabins and campers in the area shortly after the fire started.


But things changed for the better overnight.

The cause of the fire has not been determined

With files from Diane Crocker/The Western Star


PREVIOUSLY: A forest fire is burning north of Wheeler's River on the west side of Trans-Canada Highway. The fire is in the area of in the area of Southwest Brook and Route 480.

Forestry officers, local fire departments and a water bomber on scene.

Cabins and campers in the area have been evacuated by RCMP officers from Stephenville. Barachois Search and Rescue on scene assisting with traffic control and water patrols. RCMP officers from Burgeo detachment en route to assist as well.


At this time traffic on the TCH is not impeded however officials are asking the public to stay out of the area.


Any road closures or advisories will be broadcast through the media.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Stephenville, Burgeo

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