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Newfoundland bushfires 'around the corner' as crews work to contain perimeter, says prime minister

Special air quality statements have been lifted in bushfire-affected areas of Newfoundland and Labrador. Prime Minister Andrew Fury says the state is entering the next phase of its fight against the flames.

Charred black trees sit under a blue sky following a forest fire in central Newfoundland.
The crew continued to battle smoke and fire hot spots in the Paradise Lake area and the Bay Despoir Highway. I'm here. in central Newfoundland on Friday. (Darrell Roberts/CBC)

Prime Minister Andrew Fury says Newfoundland is in the next stage of bushfires A special air quality statement has been lifted for forest fire-affected areas in central Landes. Fighting with flames.

Fury commented with Forest Minister Derrick Bragg in a video posted on his social media page. He said a series of favorable weather conditions and better-than-expected air quality levels helped firefighters deal with the blazes in both the Paradise Lakes area and the Bay d'Espoir Highway.

“Thanks to the women and men working hard on the ground and in the air, the fire seems to be around the corner. Now," Fury said in a video released Thursday.

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Forest Firefighter Jeff Motti said both large blazes were stable as of Friday morning, although the briefing I wasn't able to provide exact size figures before late in the morning. 

Both fires were deemed out of control as of Friday. The Paradise Lake fire was last reported at 17,233 hectares, while the Bay des Poire Highway fire spanned 5,614 hectares as of Thursday morning.

"From last night's notes, the wildfires have never grown in size … so the actual perimeter or footprint of the fire is mostly stable," he said. he told CBC News on Friday.

"The [firefighters] have made so much progress..they started putting out the hose lines and they actually started moving around that fire, and some

Three water bomber airplanes sit on a runway at Gander International Airport.
Water bombers like these will continue to be used for weekend fire fighting. (Henrike Wilhelm/CBC)

Motty said the crew will continue to fight the blaze on foot over the weekend, in addition to using helicopters and water bombers. According to him, firefighters are also beginning to move from the early attack stages to working on hot his spots, and are also working on precautionary measures such as future firebreaks, he said.

"There seems to be a transition from initial attacks to more sustained action," Motti said.

"We have come to a point where we have prevented the fire from spreading any further, but we are now trying to contain it. This is a sustained action or sweep. The work ahead of us

Weather The Grand Falls-Windsor region will be sunny and warm with light winds as the crew continues to fight the fires. High temperatures around 22°C, 27°C humidex and light winds from the north at 10-20 km/h are expected.

Environment Canada meteorologist Mike Vandenberg said residents in the community could smell the smoke early this morning, but it was likely to dissipate by afternoon.

} He's also watching the upcoming weather system heading into the region, with 5-10mm of rain likely Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Both Fury and Bragg called on residents to prepare in case the fire situation changed. Because small factors can change the local threat level. The Bay d'Espoir Highway is still open as of Friday morning and road conditions will be updated in the morning.

"Our fire is still listed as out of control. There were flames in the sky when it went out of control four or five days ago," said Bragg.

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