|May 14, 2016FIRE BULLETIN #11
The Wildfire Program of Manitoba Sustainable Development advises that cool conditions assisted crews in making good progress on these wildfires. No new wildfires were reported yesterday. The wildfire northeast of Caddy Lake on the Manitoba/Ontario border remains approximately 5,800 hectares (ha) today and is more than 50 per cent contained. Ontario continues to lead operations to control this fire. Evacuation orders remain in effect. Local authorities are continuing to lead the response to support Manitoba evacuees in the region.
Improved conditions have allowed travel and burning permit restrictions in eastern Manitoba to be lifted. Local municipalities may still implement their own restrictions. Check local municipal offices for information on municipal bans or restrictions.
PR 312 from one kilometre east of PTH 44 (Big Island turn off) to the Ontario border remains closed.
The Beresford Lake fire also remains approximately 75,000 ha and is now approximately 50 per cent contained. Sprinkler protection continues on cabins in the area and crews are making good progress with suppression efforts and 20 firefighters from Nova Scotia have joined the attack on this fire.
The mandatory evacuation of the Beresford cottage subdivision in the Nopiming Provincial Park continues. The Beresford and Wallace lake campgrounds are closed until wildfire conditions improve.
An evacuation order remains in effect for Wallace Lake, which affects 61 cottages and one lodge. Officials are monitoring conditions at Long Lake closely.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has authorized the return of evacuees to Tannis Lake, provided residents bring proof of identity and cottage ownership.
Manitoba Sustainable Development, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Southeast Whiteshell Fire Department and the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner continue co-operative suppression efforts on these border area wildfires.
In the Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Hunt Lake, Mantario and McGillivray Falls hiking trails remain closed until wildfire conditions improve.
Evacuees, cottagers and area residents can call 204-345-1444 to get up-to-date information about both fires in the eastern region.
In Manitoba, a total of 58 wildfires have been recorded to date. The average for this date is 87.
For further general information on the fire status, maps, travel restrictions, burning permit cancellations or other restrictions go to www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/ or follow the Twitter account at www.twitter.com/mbgovnews.
For additional information on the fires or restrictions in eastern Manitoba, contact the eastern region office at 204-345-1444. For information on road restrictions in Ontario, call 1-807-548-1919. Questions about the fire situation in northwestern Ontario can be directed to 1-807-937-7241.
To report a wildfire, call 911 or the T.I.P. line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076. The T.I.P. line is dedicated for reporting fires only. All other inquiries should be directed to the other phone lines noted above