As the forest fires in Manitoba grow, those affected are feeling more and more frustrated.
Evacuees have been away from home longer than expected, and many people are frustrated with a lack of information about the fires and their projected path.
Former Winnipeg city councillor Jae Eadie has a cottage on the south end of Caddy Lake, outside the evacuation zone.
He says communication from emergency officials is lacking. He’s been getting most of his information through the grapevine.
“Sitting here at home, I’m looking at various websites and on Facebook, for example,” Eadie explained. “People who are out there and who live out there year-round seem to be putting more information than what I’m able to find (through official sources).”
Yesterday he watched water bombers continually circling, picking up water from the lake and dumping it on the fire trying to protect homes and cottages.
He says the province and other officials need to work on a better plan to keep worried residents and cottagers informed.
“For the future, there needs to be some really good communications plan put in place so that if this kind of thing happens again people are getting as accurate information as they possibly can get from those who are right there,” he said.
The province has a number set up for evacuees needing information: 204-345-1444.
The Caddy Lake fire almost doubled in size yesterday and the fire near Beresford Lake has also grown.
Minnesota has sent some firefighting resources to Caddy Lake to help.
The good news – eastern Manitoba could see some rain today.