Wa­ter bomber called to brush­fire in Kil­bride

Fire about one hun­dred me­tres from homes

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - PROVINCIAL - KEITH GOSSE kgosse@thetele­gram.com

The Tele­gram

A wa­ter­bomber had to be called in to ex­tin­guish a brush fire near Old Petty Har­bour Road in St. John’s Satur­day af­ter­noon. The fire was in a wooded area about hun­dred me­tres away from homes at the end of the road but was in­ac­ces­si­ble to trucks from the St. John’s Re­gional Fire Depart­ment.

Four fire­fight­ers from the pro­vin­cial forestry depart­ment were dis­patched to the scene, but the fire was too large for por­ta­ble pumps to han­dle so a wa­ter bomber was called to make nearly a dozen drops of wa­ter.

The blaze was un­der con­trol by about 6 p.m. and the forestry fire­fight­ers used por­ta­ble pumps to clean up hotspots.

KEITH GOSSE/THE TELE­GRAM

A wa­ter bomber makes a drop over a sec­tion of wooded area near Old Petty Har­bour Road in Kil­bride Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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