Dry Conditions Increase Manitoba’s Wildfire Risk

Dry Conditions Increase Manitoba’s Wildfire Risk

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Recent weather conditions have increased the risk of grass and wildfires in Manitoba this year, but first responders say they’re prepared.

Until trees begin to green up in late May, the risk increases with dry and windy conditions. Favourable weather conditions such as cooler weather and precipitation in April helped slow the spread of wildfires.

The province says approximately 90 initial-attack firefighters are ready for duty with additional crews being trained next week.

Two wildfires were reported in the province on Tuesday, including one near Nelson House and one near Pine Falls. Both were human caused and are under control.

The total number of wildfires to date is 28. The average number for this time of year is 60.

Alberta has made a request through the Canadian Interagency Fire Fighter Centre (CIFFC) for assistance, which is being provided by jurisdictions with the capacity to help at this time.

Crews have been battling wildfires in the Fort McMurray area, forcing the evacuation of the northern Alberta city and displacing tens of thousands of residents.