Fire contained near Burgeo Highway

A wild fire in western Newfoundland is contained thanks to the efforts of firefighters and some wet weather.
A fire burns on the west coast of Newfoundland. Chris Wilson/CBC

A wild fire in western Newfoundland has been contained thanks to the efforts of firefighters and some wet weather.

The fire began Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of the Trans-Canada and the Burgeo highways at Barachois Brook.

Provincial forest fire duty officer Steve Balsom said things were under control by Saturday morning.

"As of 10 a.m. this morning the fire is contained and there’s no visible flames. We have three crews on the ground with two more en route, and one helicopter assisting the ground crews," Balsom told CBC News.

Balsom added the area received about 15 millimetres of rain overnight.

"Right now, it's overcast and calm and the fire isn't progressing," said Balsom.

Balsom says the fire burned about 350 hectares of bog, forest and scrub.

Power outage

The fire temporarily knocked out power to residents in the Bay St. George area.

Nalcor spokesperson Merissa Wiseman said the fire tripped two transmission lines in the area. However, within an hour the company was quickly able to get one of the lines working again.

A wooden tower on the second transmission line was damaged and should be repaired by Sunday, according to Wiseman.