07/15/2013 06:40 EDT | Updated 09/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Wabush poised to lift state of emergency

Crews have made enough progress with a series of stubborn fires in western Labrador that an evacuation alert for the Town of Wabush has now been lifted.

Wabush remained Monday under a state of emergency, although Mayor Ron Barron said he expects that to be lifted shortly.

Barron said much of the fire area outside the mining town has been contained, although there are still hot spots in the De Mille Lake area.

Fires in the area broke out on June 23, and five days later forced a 48-hour evacuation of Wabush because of deteriorating air quality.

The fires have burned more than 270 square kilometres of land in the area.

"We have come through the biggest forest fire in the history of Labrador West stronger and more dedicated to our community," Barron said in a statement.

Meanwhile, another fire in central Labrador continued to burn through the weekend. Traffic was being escorted along part of the highway between Churchill Falls and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Last week, officials redirected two of the water bombers that had been assigned to the Wabush-area fires to the Gull Island area on the edge of the Churchill River.