Fires in Manitoba: “no return date planned for evacuees” | Forest fires in Canada

Fires in Manitoba: “no return date planned for evacuees” | Forest fires in Canada
Fires in Manitoba: “no return date planned for evacuees” | Forest fires in Canada

Wildfires in northern Manitoba caused the evacuation of nearly 580 residents of Cranberry Portage late last week. However, we do not yet know when these people could return to their homes, depending on the province.

At this time, no return date is planned for evacueesindicates the provincial government.

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Columns of wildfire smoke rise above the northern Manitoba forest near Cranberry Portage.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Justin Fraser

Provincial authorities are asking residents near this fire to take precautions to protect themselves against inhaling harmful fumes. In particular, they must limit outdoor activities and stay indoors with windows and doors closed.

The province says firefighters continue to battle fires in the Flin Flon and The Pas.

Drought and strong winds are causing extreme fire behavior in the regionsays the provincial government.

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Director of the Manitoba Wildfire Prevention Program, Earl Simmons, says he is pleased with the work accomplished by the fire crews.

I’m hoping that by the end of the week we might be able to get people back to Cranberry Portagehe says.

He adds that on Tuesday, Manitoba Hydro crews managed to restore power to Cranberry Portage and that Bell MTS also restored all its services in the area.

Alain Lachapelle has lived in Flin Flon for over 11 years. He says the loss of communications services, which lasted several days, was particularly difficult.

It said all communications were lost, including access to the Internet and the ability to use online banking services.

There was no communication, there was nothing. You couldn’t pay with debit cards, all payments had to be made in cashsays Alain Lachapelle, in an interview on the radio show The 6 has 9Wednesday morning.

The biggest stress is knowing exactly what’s going on.

A quote from Alain Lachapelle, resident of Flin Flon

Alain Lachapelle adds that this is the first time such a thing has happened to him since he has lived in Flin Flon. But he says having an emergency plan helped him stay calm.

cash at home, to be sure that my car is full of gas. We put a list on my fridge with the things to take if we have to leave”,”text”:”It woke me up a little to have a plan, to have a little cash at home house, to be sure that my car is full of gas. We put a list on my fridge with the things to take if we have to leave”}}”>It woke me up a little to have a plan, to have a little cash at home, to make sure my car is full of gas. We put a list on my fridge with the things to take if we have to leave.he testifies.

It’s still a huge fire.

As of Wednesday, the fire still covers an area of ​​approximately 31,600 hectares, or 316 square kilometers.

According to the latest information provided by the province, the fire remains approximately 1.5 kilometers from Cranberry Portage.

I don’t want people to have a false sense of security. It is still a gigantic fire. It will take a lot of workspecifies Mr. Simmons.

He confirms that fire crews from Ontario have arrived in Manitoba to help fight the flames. He specifies that 40 people from Quebec and New Brunswick will join the teams during the week.

This fire acted in an unusual way and we were very worried about the community, adds Mr. Simmons. He maintains, however, that the authorities are satisfied that there is no risk of fire within the community of Cranberry Portage.

Mr. Simmons indicates that the decision regarding the return of evacuees to their communities will be made once the situation is safer.

With information from Darren Bernhardt and Patricia Bitu Tshikudi

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