NEWS

Central Labrador fire under control

05/28/2012 08:07 EDT | Updated 07/28/2012 05:12 EDT

A fire that began on the Canadian Forces base in central Labrador last week has now been contained, according to provincial firefighting officials.

They say the fire covered more than 700 hectares of wooded area near Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

One water bomber has been released and was expected to return to Gander on Monday. Another water bomber remained in Goose Bay on standby. Choppers were expected to continue to drop water on the area Monday

Ten five-person crews will also continue to work on the fire.

Fire crews and water bombers have been working all week end trying to bring the fire under control.

The fire flared up around midnight Friday and then again early Saturday morning but continued to move away from residential areas all day Saturday.

The fire spread beyond the boundaries of the Canadian Forces base over the week end.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources will be investigating the cause of the fire, but sources have told CBC News military search and rescue technicians were in the area on Friday.

When the fire started heavy, black and grey smoke quickly spread across the community.

Officials evacuated an area called the north side, a mainly industrial part of the town. Roads were blocked in the area.

The highway to North West River was also declared off limits for a time, resulting in long traffic lineups.

That road reopened by early Friday evening and all evacuation orders were lifted.

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