Evacuees waiting for the green light to go home in southeastern Manitoba… will have to continue to wait.
Officials from Manitoba and Ontario held a public meeting last night at the Whiteshell Community Hall in Falcon Lake regarding the wildfire near Caddy Lake, and say they cannot lift evacuation orders until they can ensure it is safe.
They say the worst is most likely over, but it will be a few weeks yet before the fire is out. The fire is roughly 58 square kilometres, and the east shore of Caddy Lake remains closed.
The fire has destroyed an unoccupied trapper’s cabin on North Cross Lake, as well as a train station built in the 1920’s — the Winnitoba Station House.
Meantime, the Beresford Lake fire is listed at 730 square kilmoeters in size. Thirty-five firefighters from Northern Manitoba, along with 20 from Nova Scotia are being deployed there.
Evacuation orders are still in effect for Wallace Lake, which affects 61 cottages and one lodge, as well as the Beresford cottage subdivision in the Nopiming Provincial Park. Also, the Beresford and Wallace Lake campgrounds will also stay closed.
Burning permits are cancelled for eastern Manitoba, and no new permits will be issued. However, conditions have improved enough to lift burning permit and travel restrictions for central and western Manitoba. The 8pm to 8am campfire restriction in Birds Hill Provincial Park has also been lifted.