Nfld. & Labrador

Forest fire burning near Muskrat Falls

A forest fire in central Labrador is being called out of control, quadrupling in size since it was first reported Wednesday evening.

225 hectares in size, fire burning across from unoccupied work camp

The fire is currently burning at 225 hectares in size near a Muskrat Falls work camp. (Submitted)

A forest fire in central Labrador is being labeled as out of control, quadrupling in size since it was first reported Wednesday evening.

The fire is now burning across the Churchill River from an unoccupied Muskrat Falls work camp, and has reached a size of about 225 hectares.

Two helicopters, a water bomber and seven firefighters are on scene where mostly moss is on fire.

Wind helping effort

Resources are being concentrated on the northeast and southeast portions of the C-shaped fired. 

The fire would have to jump the river to reach the camp as well as the Trans Labrador Highway, as both are on the northeast edge of the blaze.

Wind was helping fire fighting efforts Thursday afternoon as it blew from the northeast and pushed the fire away from the camp.

"It's not big, it's not small," Provincial Forest Fire Duty Officer Boyd Pittman said when asked to classify the fire.

"We've had smaller ones and we've had larger ones."

With files from Katie Breen

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