Water bomber fighting forest fires in Labrador goes down, pilots safe: official

WABUSH, N.L. - Two pilots are safe after a water bomber ended up in a lake Wednesday while fighting forest fires near the western Labrador town of Wabush.

Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Transportation and Works says officials were notified around 3:30 p.m. that a Bombardier 415 water bomber was involved in an incident while picking up water at Moosehead Lake.

It says in a news release that both the pilot and co-pilot did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident.

The province says it won't comment further and that the incident has been reported to Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board.

The release says the province will also conduct its own investigation.

Crews have been battling forest fires in the area for more than a week.

At one point, a voluntary evacuation order was issued that prompted most of the town's residents to leave their homes, but that has since been lifted.

The fire has consumed around 700 square kilometres of land since it began.