The government declares a state of emergency in the central region due to forest fires

Written by Javed Iqbal

A state of emergency has been declared in central Newfoundland to help coordinate a response to the wildfires burning in the region.

Additional information will be provided to the public in a media availability scheduled for Sunday morning.

Public Safety Minister John Hogan has announced the state of emergency for the Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop’s Falls and Connaigre Peninsula areas as a precautionary measure, allowing the province to work with emergency management officials.

Forestry Minister Derek Bragg watched the fires from the air at the weekend, showing the extent of the damage and the amount of smoke the fires are producing.

Smoke from the fires has reduced air quality in many areas, but the fires are not considered an immediate threat to residents or their homes.

Those with breathing problems or who are particularly sensitive to smoke should call 811 or contact a health care provider.

Contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-222-9597 for information on emergency lodging.

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