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Newfoundland wildfires: Premier says situation improving and evacuation risk is low

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Officials say the wildfire situation in central Newfoundland is improving and the risk of evacuation is now low for nearby communities.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey said in a video on social media Thursday night that rain, wind and air quality conditions have all been favourable.

He said the evacuation risk is low for the towns of Grand Falls-Windsor and Bishop’s Falls and patients removed from health-care facilities in the region were being returned.

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Provincial officials said in a news release today that because of the improving situation the Canadian Red Cross shelter in the western town of Deer lake would be closed.

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Officials say those at the shelter would be transported back to their towns.

The fires near Grand Falls-Windsor and the nearby Bay d’Espoir Highway have been burning for almost three weeks, and Furey warned that despite the favourable weather conditions, the wildfires still pose a threat.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2022.

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