Strong winds and low humidity is making it difficult for firefighters to battle two wildfires on the Manitoba-Ontario border.
One blaze, east of Beresford Lake has grown to approximately 13 000 hectares by Saturday afternoon. That led to a mandatory evacuation for the Beresford cottage subdivision of Nopiming Provincial Park. 25 people were evacuated and sprinkler kits are being put in place to help protect cottages.
The other, that started Thursday about 6 kilometers northeast of Caddy Lake is now roughly 700 hectares.
Friday morning it was 250 hectares.
As a precaution, about 100 residents of Ingolf, Ontario have been evacuated. The evacuation is voluntary and residents in the Florence and Marion Lakes areas were also asked to consider leaving the area until the threat has passed.
On Saturday night the fire pushed east, the province says McDougall’s Landing and east shore remote cabins of West Hawk Lake are being evacuated.
The south Whiteshell emergency plan is being activated and attempts will be made to install sprinkler kits on structures.
Water bombers from both Manitoba and Ontario are involved in the fight.
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Caddy Lake is located in the Whiteshell around 150 km east of Winnipeg.
Meanwhile, the province says 45 wildfires have been recorded so far this year, the average for this time is 70.
Travel Restrictions, Burning Bans In Place In Southeast Manitoba
The dry conditions have triggered restrictions on travel and burning in the southeast corner of the province.
Motorized back-country travel is prohibited between noon and 7 pm daily until further notice.
The restricted area stretches from PR 302 east to the Ontario Border. The northern boundary is Lake Winnipeg and the Winnipeg River. The southern boundary is the US border.
Anyone using at ATV during allowable hours is asked to stay on developed trails and check their spark arrestor. You’re asked to carry a fire extinguisher, axe and shovel.
In Birds Hill Provincial Park, campfires are only allowed in approved pits from 8 pm to 8 am.
In Spruce Woods Provincial Park and Forest, camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds, boats can only be launched and landed on developed shorelines, and no back-country travel or remote cottage access is allowed without a travel permit.