Northern Manitoba Forest Fire Province’s Largest and Costliest

By David Klassen


Dozens of firefighters from across Canada and the U.S. are expected to arrive Monday in Northern Manitoba to battle the largest forest fire in the province’s history — now at over 52,000 hectares.

Battling more than 45,000 hectares of flames in Kisseynew Lake already, crews are working around the clock, including 39 firefighters, 11 helicopters, eight water bombers, and other heavy equipment.

An evacuation warning remains in effect for the Cranberry Portage area, while progress has been made on the fire burning north of the town. Speaking to reporters late Friday afternoon after returning from a tour of the area, Premier Greg Selinger said the fire came less than 10 km from Cranberry Portage on Thursday.

The latest fire update report makes note of no new burning permits being issued because of dry conditions, as well as travel restrictions. The road between Cranberry Portage and Sherridon remains closed except for local traffic. PTH 39 between PTH 10 and the Snow Lake junction has reduced visibility and caution is advised. A ban on open fires continues in the Cranberry Portage, Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson areas and all the way to the northern edge of the province, due to the high fire hazard.

Campers in Bakers Narrows Provincial Park have been forced out due to smoke, as staff contact campers in advance to cancel reservations and offer alternative arrangements for campgrounds, such as at Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, closer to The Pas.

Additional information is being updated daily on the Manitoba Conservation website.

ChrisD.ca photo/Ted Grant


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