Canadian town evacuated due to poor air quality from forest fire

June 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

WABASH, Newfoundland, June 29 (UPI) -- Residents of a small Canadian town are being evacuated due to poor air quality stemming from a forest fire, officials said.

About 1,800 residents in the mining town of Wabash, Labrador, were ordered to evacuate Friday night as the fire burned down telephone lines, making communication difficult in a remote area where cellphone reception can be spotty, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., said Saturday.

As of Saturday morning about 1,400 people had fled Wabash and were being housed in Labrador City, the Red Cross said.

Residents remaining in Wabash are advised to boil their drinking water.

The Trans-Labrador Highway remains closed to all but emergency traffic as firefighters work to contain the blaze. They hoped to get help Saturday in the form of at least some minimal rain, the CBC said.

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