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Winds Continue to Drive Manitoba Wildfires

May 9, 2016 7:01 AM | News

Manitoba Wildfire

Officials survey a wildfire in Manitoba’s Whiteshell region over the weekend. (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)

WINNIPEG — Wildfires in eastern Manitoba increased to approximately 20,000 hectares on over the weekend, reaching Beresford Lake.

The Wildfire Program of Manitoba Sustainable Development said sprinkler protection of cabins in the area was continuing, as mandatory evacuations of Beresford cottage subdivision of Nopiming Provincial Park were also being carried out.

The fire just northeast of Caddy Lake near the Manitoba-Ontario border also increased to approximately 1,000 hectres, impacting several lakes, including West Hawk, Florence and Nora lakes and McDougalls Landing.

Grounds crews, water bombers and helicopters from both the Manitoba and Ontario governments? continue to battle the wildfires.

In Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Hunt Lake, Mantario and McGillivray Falls hiking trails are closed until wildfire conditions improve.

In Birds Hill Provincial Park, campfires will only be allowed in the approved fire pits between the hours of 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Another update on the wildfire situation is expected later today.

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