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Newfoundland highway reopened, but wildfire emergency still in place

Out of control wildfirescontinue to cause a state of emergency in central Newfoundland, but major highways are closed. rice field. Days are reopening and supplies can be delivered to stranded communities.

In a release issued Tuesday night, the state government said the Bay d'Espoir Highway was open, but forest resource roads along the route remained closed. Cabin owners have been asked to avoid this area.

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If the weather or visibility changes, the opening of the motorway will be reassessed, with Prime Minister Andrew Fury telling reporters on Tuesday afternoon that the road could remain impassable for a long time.

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Emergency issued over the weekend for Botwood, Bishop's Falls, Grand Falls-Windsor and Coast of Bays regions Remain at the incident location.

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Wildfires in central Newfoundland were started by a lightning strike on July 24, officials said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the state's Forest Service said the two largest blazes covered an area of ​​more than 162 square kilometers of he.

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