Based on the weather forecast and fire predictions, motorists are advised that the Bay d’Espoir Highway (Route 360) will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon) until Sunday, August 7. The Provincial Government is monitoring the weather forecast and fire conditions and will update the public if any changes to this schedule are required for safety reasons. The schedule will be reassessed on Monday, August 8.

It is anticipated over the short-term that temperatures will continue to be high and winds to be at a high speed in this region. Smoke is expected to be prevalent and the dry conditions may affect the development of the forest fire.

Residents and communities are asked to use caution and to take measures to ensure personal safety and the safety of fire and road personnel. There is a significant amount of smoke which may obscure visibility and lead to difficult driving conditions.

If residents of the area have medical appointments from now until Monday, August 8, with Central Health that they cannot attend due to the fire, they should call Central Health to reschedule the appointment. More information from the Health Authority is provided here: Central Health operations update.

The Provincial Government partners with the Canadian Red Cross, among other organizations, to provide emergency and disaster services. The Canadian Red Cross will provide help if possible with lodging, reception, emergency clothing or food, etc. For more information on assistance, call the organization at 1-800-222-9597.

Please see the fire hazard level in your region, and avoid roads that are in and around active forest fires. Be vigilant, and check the fire hazard index daily here.

Departments are closely monitoring conditions and busy preparing and strategically deploying crew placements and air support where it is needed most. Thank you to the many partners for their support in fighting these fires.

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Media contact
Erin Shea
Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
709-729-3733, 725-4321
erinshea@gov.nl.ca

2022 08 04 4:15 pm