AA / Montreal / Hatem Kattou
The Prime Minister of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (east), Andrew Furey, declared a state of emergency on Sunday due to the “devastating” forest fires, several local media reported.
According to Furey, who made the announcement after flying over the hardest-hit areas by helicopter, these are “the most devastating wildfires in Newfoundland and Labrador since 1961”.
The provincial government has clarified that there is no “immediate danger” threatening residential neighborhoods and residents, but the deterioration in air quality generated by the smoke prompted the taking of these “extraordinary measures”.
Beyond the measures taken at the provincial level, the federal authorities announced, through the intermediary of the Canadian Minister of Civil Protection, Bill Blair, that army units will be sent as reinforcements to help the teams on site to identify and extinguish fires.
The province of Quebec has, in turn, dispatched nine teams of firefighters to lend a hand to local authorities in an attempt to control the fires that have been breaking out for nearly two weeks.
The fairly strong winds which blew this weekend did not help the situation by fanning certain fires which were beginning to be brought under control by the teams of firefighters.
The city of the province which is currently most threatened is that of Grand Falls-Windsor which has a population of ten thousand. The fires could, according to provincial government forecasts, move to the north of the region, about ten kilometers from this city.
Of the four forest fires still raging on Sunday, only one was brought under control by firefighters.
According to the provincial Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, no less than 67 forest fires have affected some 11,500 hectares since the beginning of the current year.
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