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Bay d’Espoir highway shut after lightning sparks forest blazes in central

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Route 360 — better understood as Bay D’Espoir Highway — was shut on Sunday afternoon.
  • On Sunday, a forest fire was flashed several kilometers off Route 360, better known as Bay D’Espoir Highway.

Route 360 — better known as Bay D’Espoir Highway — was shut on Sunday afternoon due to forest blazes burning around the Northwest Gander River.

According to the regional wildfire duty officer, the fire was probably ignited due to lightning strikes in the region.

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Route 360 — better known as Bay D’Espoir Highway — was shut on Sunday afternoon due to forest blazes burning around the Northwest Gander River

It was one of some fires reported in the central area on Sunday, leaving the Department of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture running to take stock of the fires and prioritize answers. As of early Sunday night, there was no assessment on size, but the union said a chopper and pump truck were carrying the Bay D’Espoir Highway fire.

The blaze was approximately 42 kilometers south of the Trans Canada Highway, cutting off all the residents on Routes 360, 362, and 364 — including Milltown-Head of Bay D’Espoir, St. Alban’s, Conne River, Harbour Breton, Hermitage, and more.

Source – CBC News

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