A water bomber is back on the scene in CBS after a forest fire in the Lawrence Pond area flared up again this afternoon.
Provincial Fire Duty Officer Colin Carroll says the water bomber has been on red alert in St. John’s and was called back into service early this afternoon.
Carroll says the fire remains contained, but the flame flared up again as temperatures increased and the winds picked up. He says they anticipated further flare ups as the day progressed, and they’re now working on a few flames that have picked up since the afternoon began.
— Kevin Hollohan (@KHollohanFire) July 18, 2022
Meanwhile, a man right in the thick of things in that large forest fire in Conception Bay South yesterday says anxiety was at a fever pitch and he’s crediting firefighters for saving property and possibly lives.
The blaze broke out in Lawrence Pond over the lunch hour Sunday, prompting Leonard Hannebury to run and knock on doors amid fears that evacuations might be ordered. Two waterbomber crews spent hours dumping water on the blaze before bringing it under control. Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles.
Hannebury says it was incredible to see the waterbombers flying right through the fire. He didn’t knock on every door but people were outside letting others know what was happening. He says he has lived all across Canada and never experienced anything like that.
In addition to forestry, the Conception Bay South Fire Department also responded. Rob, who lost everything in the For McMurray fires a few years ago and now lives in Seal Cove, applauded the fire response which he says made all the difference.