Several communities have been evacuated as a pair of raging forest fires near the Manitoba/Ontario border continue to expand.
One blaze, which started east of Beresford Lake, has now reached the water and has grown to 200 square kilometres. On Saturday it was roughly 130 square kilometres.
A mandatory evacuation order is in place for cottagers in the area. Fire officials have also put a sprinkler system around the structures at risk of being destroyed.
Meanwhile, in the Whiteshell area, ten square kilometres have been affected as the flames have spread into Ontario.
Areas including Ingolf, Ontario have been evacuated as a precaution.
The province has added over 60 extra firefighters to help fight the fires, in addition to ten helicopters and nine water bombers.
The province says strong winds, low humidity and above average temperatures continue to increase the fire danger levels throughout Manitoba. There is a chance we could see some rain on Tuesday.
There are currently 24 active fires in Manitoba.
Burning permits for the eastern, central and western areas of the province remain cancelled and motorized backcountry travel is banned between noon and 7 p.m. daily in southeast Manitoba.
The Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Hunt Lake, Mantario, and McGillivary Falls hiking trails are closed until conditions improve. In Birds Hill Provincial Park, campfires will only be allowed in the approved fire pits ebtween the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
To report a wildfire, call 911 or 1-800-782-0076.
Map of Beresford Lake area wildfire.
Map of Whiteshell area fire.