Crews fighting a damaging forest fire on the Avalon Peninsula

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Crews fighting a damaging forest fire on the Avalon Peninsula
Crews fighting a damaging forest fire on the Avalon Peninsula
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Crews are fighting to contain a forest fire burning on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula.

The fire began in a wooded area east of Brigus during the day on Wednesday. Brigus resides on the north-central Avalon Peninsula, about 40 kilometres west of St. John’s.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweeted on Wednesday that the fire destroyed a house on Frog Marsh Road, and that ground crews and a water bomber were brought in to help extinguish the blaze.

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CBC Newfoundland reported Wednesday afternoon that crews were also working to put out a grass fire in the community of Harbour Main, about 12 kilometres southeast of Brigus.

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nl wildfire risk wed

A screenshot of Newfoundland’s provincial fire hazard forecast map for Wednesday. (Gov. of Newfoundland & Labrador)

Recent weather conditions led to a heightened wildfire risk across Newfoundland on Wednesday.

The provincial government’s daily fire hazard forecast called for a moderate fire hazard on the Avalon, with a high danger covering central Newfoundland and an ‘extremely high’ danger rating for eastern portions of the island, including Gander.

Wednesday’s fire on the Avalon Peninsula isn’t the only blaze on the East Coast this week.

An out-of-control forest fire raging in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, has burned more than 3,100 hectares in the past couple of days, spreading a thick plume of smoke toward southern New England.

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nfld rain

Fortunately, the weather across eastern Newfoundland should cooperate with fire crews to control ongoing fires and stave off the ignition of additional blazes in the short term.

A quick trough will swing over Newfoundland during the day on Thursday, bringing the chance for up to 5 mm of rain across eastern sections of the island during the morning hours.

Contains files from CBC Newfoundland.

Thumbnail courtesy of RCMP Newfoundland.

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