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Firefighters Extinguish Blaze in Seven-Storey Winnipeg Apartment Building

Firefighters Extinguish Blaze in Seven-Storey Winnipeg Apartment Building

FireWINNIPEG — Firefighters put out a blaze in a seven-story apartment building Monday before it could spread to other units.

Crews were called to Mayfair Place at around 6:05 a.m. and found the fire confined to one suite.

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British Columbia Wildfire Season Now Second Worst in Province’s History

British Columbia Wildfire Season Now Second Worst in Province’s History

By The Canadian Press

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The Shovel Lake wildfire burns on a mountain behind a home near Fort Fraser, B.C., on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Government statistics indicate this year’s wildfire season is the second worst in British Columbia’s history, burning 945 square kilometres of land. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VICTORIA – A year after the single worst season for wildfires in British Columbia’s history, government statistics indicate the 2018 wildfire season has already reached the second-worst mark, burning more than 9,450 square kilometres of land so far.

That should prompt a longer look and more research into the trend, which saw more than 21,000 square kilometres of land burned over the past two years, said the province’s chief fire information officer.

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Wildfire Smoke from B.C. Gets in the Way of Mountain Scenery for Tourists

Wildfire Smoke from B.C. Gets in the Way of Mountain Scenery for Tourists

By The Canadian Press

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Vermilion Lakes, Banff National Park is shown during a sunrise photo tour in this recent photo. Smoke from wildfires that’s blanketing parts of Alberta does more than just irritate the eyes and throats of visitors to the province’s mountain parks — it obscures the spectacular scenery that many have travelled thousands of kilometres to see. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Banff Photography-Craig Douce)

JASPER, Alta. – Smoke from wildfires that’s blanketing parts of Alberta does more than just irritate the eyes and throats of visitors to the province’s mountain parks — it obscures the spectacular scenery that many have travelled thousands of kilometres to see.

“I did have a couple the other day that were quite disappointed. They were looking at the photographs on the wall and kind of complained, ‘We can’t see any of this stuff,'” said Jeremy Salisbury at Tekarra Color Lab, which sells cameras supplies, photos and art in Jasper.

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Winnipeg Firefighters Deploy Drone to Get Grip on Selkirk Avenue Blaze

Winnipeg Firefighters Deploy Drone to Get Grip on Selkirk Avenue Blaze

Selkirk Avenue Fire
Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at 702 Selkirk Avenue on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (CITY OF WINNIPEG)

Winnipeg firefighters deployed a drone for the first time Tuesday night while fighting a fire at 702 Selkirk Avenue.

Residents of the building self-evacuated by the time crews arrived at around 7:45 p.m. No injuries were reported, but the city says two cats remain missing.

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Manitoba Government Eyes Private Air Services for Water Bombers, Air Ambulances

Manitoba Government Eyes Private Air Services for Water Bombers, Air Ambulances

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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The Manitoba government says it won’t proceed with plans to further privatize the province’s air services unless private-sector bidders prove they can provide the same level of service and safety and better value. Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler speaks to media in Winnipeg on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government said Thursday it won’t proceed with plans to privatize the province’s air services unless bidders prove they can maintain the same level of service and safety, while also providing better value.

The Progressive Conservative government recently put out a request for proposals for private firms to operate the province’s water bombers, airplane ambulances and other aircraft.

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Brandon Fires Estimated to Have Caused $25M in Damage

Brandon Fires Estimated to Have Caused $25M in Damage

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Firefighters work to extinguish fires in downtown buildings in Brandon, Manitoba Saturday, May 19, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

A damage estimate is in for the multiple fires that destroyed several buildings in downtown Brandon last month.

Brandon police say $25 million worth of damage was caused on May 19 when a structural fire began at Christie’s Office Plus on Pacific Avenue. The winds sent the flames and embers to spread to neighbouring buildings, including Collyer’s Sales and Service, Brandon Boxing Club and Kazic Kontracting. The Massey Manor apartment complex across the street, a beer store and adjoining vacant structure located at 5th Street and Rosser Avenue were also damaged.

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