Travel restrictions are in place in Manitoba’s backcountry after wildfires continue to burn in the southeastern part of the province.
Officials with Manitoba Conservation provided an update on the situation Monday afternoon. Over the weekend, three separate fires began burning near Badger, Manitoba, destroying two hunting cabins and several other abandoned buildings. The RM of Piney declared a state of emergency earlier in the day, forcing about 16 people from their homes. Fortunately, no one has been injured as a result of the fires.
The main fire of concern is a large, approximately 5,000-hectare fire northeast of Carrick and southeast of Wood Ridge and Vita. Provincial and municipal officials are focusing efforts to protect the community of Badger.
The province has brought in two water bombers from Minnesota to assist in firefighting efforts, and more air support will arrive Tuesday from Quebec.
No official causes of the fires have been determined.