Forest fires in western and central Labrador caused fuel shortages in Churchill Falls, but vehicle escorts allowed a truck to get through to service the town's only gas bar.

The connection between Churchill Falls and western Labrador reopened Thursday afternoon, after being closed for most of the last three weeks because of fires burning outside Wabush.

Caroline Goobie, the manager of Strickland's Gas Bar in Churchill Falls, said a fuel truck made it through on Thursday evening, and she's expecting another truck some time on Saturday.

"We're getting normal traffic again," she said of the roads being open and escorts coming through the Trans-Labrador Highway.

"It was kind of a scary situation, being in the middle of two fires and having no gas."

The fire outside Gull Island has been burning on both sides of the highway, and has grown significantly in the last couple of days.

Flames have damaged cables and poles in the area, causing interruption to internet services for customers in parts of Labrador.

Approximately five kilometres of cable has been damaged by the fires, and many people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and up the north coast of Labrador are without internet.

Bell Aliant said it won't be able to restore services until it is safe for repair crews to enter the fire area.

To fight the fires, officials have deployed two helicopters and three water bombers.

Two of the water bombers were transferred from the effort in Wabush. Officials said they were comfortable with the transfer because rainfall has been helping to keep the fires in western Labrador under control.

To fight it, officials have deployed two helicopters and three water bombers.

Two of the water bombers were transferred from the effort in Wabush. Officials said they were comfortable with the transfer because rainfall has been helping to keep the fires in western Labrador under control.