As central Newfoundland fires rage, Miawpukek is planning for the future – CBC

Miawpukek First Nation building a fire break around the community

Aug 11, 2022

As two forest fires continue to burn through central Newfoundland, Miawpukek First Nation leaders say they’re preparing for the future.

The Mi’kmaw community, also known as Conne River, is one of several towns in Newfoundland’s Coast of Bays region that was cut off from essential supplies for five days when Route 360 closed because of the fires.

Miawpukek is surrounded by forest and only has one way in and out — Route 365, which branches off the Bay d’Espoir Highway. If a forest fire reached Miawpukek and the highway was closed, the community would be in danger, and residents could be left with no way out.

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