Forest Fires a Concern as Hot Weather Grips Northern Manitoba

By David Klassen

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With hot weather gracing much of Manitoba this weekend, Manitoba Conservation is warning people to be careful, especially if they head up north.

Hot, dry weather has increased the risk of forest fires to occur, as dry conditions and lightning continue to be a challenge in the northern part of the province.

Southern Manitoba continues to be wet with no significant fire concerns.

There were 19 new fires reported Thursday, 18 caused by lightning and one as a result of a tree falling on a power line.

Only one fire — located about 12 km northeast of Gillam — is a concern at this time. The province is using two helicopters and about 30 firefighters to fight the blaze.




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