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Fire forces evacuation of air base

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HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. -- A fire ripped through a wooded area near the 5 Wing Goose Bay military airbase in Labrador on Friday, prompting an evacuation.

Base spokesman Capt. Dave Bowen said the fire broke out around noon and high winds were causing it to spread quickly.

"It started off as a brush fire, but it certainly engulfed the local forest around here," Bowen said in an interview.

As local and military firefighting crews battled the fire, parts of the base and a nearby industrial area were evacuated as a precaution. There were no reported injuries.

Bowen said homes in the area were not at risk, but residents were asked to prepare in case an evacuation was ordered.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 26, 2012 A25

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