Waterbomber fighting forest fires in Labrador goes down, pilots safe: official

WABUSH, N.L. – A government official says two pilots are safe after a waterbomber went down in a lake today while fighting forest fires near the western Labrador town of Wabush.

Bradley Power of Fire and Emergency Services says the pilot and co-pilot of the plane are safe but he had few other details.

He referred calls to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Transportation Department, but a spokesman said it had no further information.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary referred inquiries to provincial officials.

Crews have been battling forest fires in the area for more than a week.

At one point, a voluntary evacuation order was issued that prompted most of the town’s residents to leave their homes, but that has since been lifted.

The fire has consumed around 700 square kilometres of land since it began.