Forest fires: state of emergency declared in Newfoundland

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The rapid growth of wildfires in central Newfoundland forced authorities to declare a state of emergency on Saturday evening, and several residences may soon be evacuated.

In a video posted to social media on Saturday evening, Newfoundland Premier Andrew Furey described the fire as “the largest the province has seen since 1961.”

< p>The smoke from the forest fires affects the air quality of the center of the province, which explains the triggering of the state of emergency. The Prime Minister is asking residents to “stand by” to evacuate the area, if necessary, as the fire continues to spread rapidly.

As of now, the affected areas are in the center of the province, including the Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls and Connaigre Peninsula areas.

“A big thank you to all of our crews currently fighting the wildfires in central Newfoundland, and to all those who help keep people safe,” the Premier tweeted.

On Sunday morning, the government also banned open fires for the entire province, to conserve resources and contain the fire. It is also prohibited to make a fire on forest land or within 300 m of forest land, according to a press release from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture.

“Recent dry weather , wind and hot temperatures have aggravated the forest fires in the central region of the island. The wildfire index is at extreme levels in many other parts of the province,” the document reads.