Efforts are underway to get food and supplies to Newfoundland towns cut off by wildfires


A state of emergency remains in place in central Newfoundland due to out-of-control wildfires, but a major highway that had been closed for days has reopened, delivering supplies to stranded communities.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the provincial government said the Bay of Hope road was open, but logging roads along the road would remain closed and cabin owners were asked to avoid entering. in the zone.

The province said the decision to keep the highway open will be re-evaluated if weather and visibility change, with Premier Andrew Furey telling reporters Tuesday afternoon that the road may not be passable for long.

A state of emergency issued over the weekend for Botwood, Bishop’s Falls, Grand Falls-Windsor and the Coast of Bays area remains in place.

Officials say the wildfires in central Newfoundland started on July 24 with a lightning strike.

On Tuesday afternoon, the provincial forestry department said the two largest fires covered an area of ​​more than 162 square kilometers.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 10, 2022.

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