Officials in central Newfoundland are urging people to stop using the forest trails to search for their cabins even as the threat of wildfires to local communities has eased and the state of emergency has been lifted.
The provincial Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture says fires in the area near the Bay d’Espoir highway, Paradise Lake and Great Rattling Brook remain out of control.
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Despite the danger, some cabin owners are using closed forest access roads to get to their homes, raising safety concerns for firefighters, residents and first responders.
Meanwhile, air quality in the region has improved and is expected to remain good for the next two days.
And while wildfires continue to spiral out of control, conditions were expected to remain stable.
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The weather forecast also calls for partly cloudy skies with light winds and moderate temperatures throughout the weekend, with a high chance of precipitation on Sunday.
The Bay d’Espoir highway – also known as Route 360 - was to remain open after a two-week temporary closure.
Comfort stations remain open in all provincial parks, where showers, toilets, sinks, and coin-operated laundry facilities are available.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 13, 2022.
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