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Regional fire units are fighting small forest fires induced by lightning

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  •  This lightning moment has made us a little bit busy,’ states the regional duty officer.
  • Two air tankers are being utilized to fight some small forest fires after a moment of lightning went through the areas of Thorburn Lake and Terra Nova National Park.

Local fire teams had their hands the entire Monday night as lightning strikes torched some small forest blazes in the Thorburn Lake area, west of Clarenville.

Two air tankers are on the site, along with a chopper, regional duty officer Colin Carroll told CBC News.

Ground units were running toward the area as of 5:30 p.m.

Another small fire was noted near Charlottetown around the border of Terra Nova National Park but was taken under control by park staff, said Carroll.

“Several other fires are popping up minute-by-minute because of the lightning that moved through. We know there’s a blaze out around the Trinity location. We’ve actioned that with a tanker, and we have four crews out there setting up hoses,” he stated. 

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Local fire teams had their hands the entire Monday night as lightning strikes torched some small forest blazes in the Thorburn Lake area, west of Clarenville

“This flash of lightning has made us a little bit active, but we have our tankers in the air, our team prepared to go, and we’re going to do our thing.”

Carroll said teams will persist in working until nightfall, when operations will be closed down till Tuesday morning. 

He’s also looking on at the projection with showers on the horizon for Tuesday into Wednesday. 

“We’re optimistic that we get some precipitation relief here soon in those places,” he said. 

“It’s not unusual, but this flash of blazes like this does raise the conservative level for us because we have to use all of our team; we have to be willing to go and make sure we’re observing other areas.”

Source – CBC News

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