Saturday forest fires keep N.L. water bombers busy
A pair of forest fires in central and southeast parts of Newfoundland had water bombers scrambling on Saturday.
The first fire broke out near Fairhaven on the island's southeast coast.
Members of the Norman's Cove, Bellevue and Fairhaven fire departments were on scene for a period of time to assist in clearing traffic.
According to emergency response chief Gary Rideout, the fire was caused as a result of a broken hydro line.
Water Bomber pilots are deadly accurate. Awesome firefighting tool. This might be a busy fire season in NL. <a href="https://t.co/3kCfnTTX5g">pic.twitter.com/3kCfnTTX5g</a>—@Chief_Rideout
Water bomber assisted NCLC, Bellevue, Fairhaven FDs, & Forestry to extinguish this fire. Caused: hydro line breakage <a href="https://t.co/yneUKAiRLw">pic.twitter.com/yneUKAiRLw</a>—@Chief_Rideout
In the central region of the island, a forest fire was spotted about six kilometres south of Grand Falls-Windsor.
Fire chief Vince MacKenzie said a water bomber made several drops before sunset on Saturday and, at last word, the fire was moving away from the town.
MacKenzie warned people in the area of Nugent's Pond to be aware of the nearby fire and "plan for safety."
Water bomber has made several drops on fire this evening before sunset. Swift response from <a href="https://twitter.com/NR_GovNL">@NR_GovNL</a> tanker284 <a href="https://t.co/ikeQ4UE0nS">pic.twitter.com/ikeQ4UE0nS</a>—@FirechiefVince