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Snow in Manitoba to help fire crews

Staff writers
October 4, 2012 — Early snowfall in southern Manitoba could help crews battle stubborn fires that forced evacuations earlier this week.

Four homes in Vita burned to the ground. (Photo courtesy:
Four homes in Vita burned to the ground. (Photo courtesy:

Parts of southern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario are dealing with the first blast of winter-like weather.

Between 5-15 cm of snow is forecast through Friday, with locally higher amounts possible for some places.

While some Manitobans are dreading the early arrival of snow, the wintery storm is providing relief to crews fighting stubborn wildfires across the region. 

Earlier this week, a local state of emergency was issued for the community of Vita after powerful winds helped fuel a large grass fire. 

300 people were evacuated and four homes were completely destroyed.

Snow forecast through Friday
Snow forecast through Friday

Strong winds also helped to re-ignite a fire in the Charleswood area on Tuesday, creating poor visibility and prompting road closures. 

Officials are warning drivers to be aware of cattle wandering loose on public roads as the fires burned many farm fences in the area. 

Fire crews are hopeful that cooler temperatures and wet weather from the winter-like storm will allow for active management and containment of the flames. 

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