Natural Resources firefighters are reporting that the fire at Purcells Cove is now under control. Premier Rodney MacDonald, who was briefed at the command centre earlier today, May 1, commended the provincial and HRM firefighters for their quick and professional response in the face of a very unpredictable fire. “I went to the command centre today to learn first-hand about the situation and reaffirm our full support to the firefighting effort,” the premier said. “While we are certainly getting a little help from the welcome rain, it was clear at my briefing that the hard work of our firefighters was paying off. While the work is not over yet, I want to thank them for putting themselves at risk to protect the people and property in these communities.” The premier also spoke with residents who have been evacuated. “This is a very stressful time, and our thoughts are particularly with those who have lost their homes or property,” he said. “Despite the stress and worry among these individuals, the people I talked with today expressed their appreciation for the efforts of emergency crews who worked to keep them safe.” Natural Resources Minister Carolyn Boliver-Getson said the full resources of the department have been made available since the fire started. “All five Department of Natural Resources helicopters were dropping water on the fire in an aerial operation,” she said. “They were joined by 48 natural resources firefighters from across the province.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson also noted that the partnership with other provinces once again played a key role. “Waterbombers from New Brunswick were on scene late yesterday, and three fixed-wing aircraft remained on standby,” she said. “They were at our full disposal when weather permitted and it was safe for our ground crews.” Natural Resources helicopters have been removed from the site because of weather. Ground crews will remain on site until the fire is out and hot spots are doused. Natural Resources will be involved with the investigation into the cause of the fire.