Nfld. & Labrador

Rain eases fire concerns in Labrador

Rainfall in central Labrador has brought some welcome relief, in the wake of forest fires that prompted evacuations.
Water bombers have been used continually to attack numerous fires burning across Labrador this month. (CBC )

Rainfall has brought some welcome relief to central Labrador in the wake of forest fires severe enough to prompt evacuations.

Just under 30 mm of rain fell in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Wednesday, with more expected in the days ahead.

Eric Earle, a supervisor with Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Natural Resources, said it appears there has been enough rain to knock down the fires burning near several communities in central and northern Labrador.

But Earle said officials remain alert.

"We'll still have our water bombers on standby," he told CBC News.

"Yesterday we were able to release the two Quebec water bombers so they'll be returning, obviously, today. We're still maintaining our initial attack and [will] go into mop-up mode for some of the other fires."

One of the fires forced a two-day evacuation of North West River and nearby Sheshatshiu. Residents returned on Monday, when wind conditions helped push the fire away from the communities.

Earle said the weekend forecast calls for showers and cooler temperatures, which should continue to help keep fires under control.