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Fires improving in Manitoba


Fighting fires in Manitoba
Fighting fires in Manitoba

Jill Colton, staff writer

July 1, 2010 — Northern Manitoba residents are breathing a sigh of relief as the forest fire situation is dwindling down.

Firefighters are working day and night to put out the fires in northern Manitoba, and it seems their hard work is paying off.

The community of Cranberry Portage and the nearby Sourdough Bay cottage development are still under an evacuation alert, but a lot of progress has been made in putting out the flames.

Officials expect to reopen Gyles, Iskwasum and Reed Lake campgrounds in Grass River Provincial Park on Thursday.

The weather situation is also helping, as there have been recent rains, and there are downpours in the forecast for Thursday evening and Friday. The expected thunderstorms will bring heavy downpours to the region, which should help douse the flames. Also, any potential lightning from the storm is not likely to to spark a larger fire, because of the heavy rain that will accompany it.

For local weather forecasts in your area, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also get information on the weather in your area by tuning into The Weather Network on TV. The Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

With files from CBC Manitoba

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