Manitoba fires remain a challenge
Extra support due to arrive from Quebec, BC.
Fires continues to scorch wide areas of rural Manitoba, with no relief in sight according to provincial officials.
"Strong winds and low humidity will continue to challenge firefighting efforts," Manitoba's Conservation and Water Stewardship agency said in a news release Tuesday night. "High temperatures are forecast for later in the week with little or no precipitation until Saturday."
The province is advising people to use extreme caution in areas that are experiencing fires.
The province also released an update on the status of several fires.
Strong winds have increased the size of this fire to 5,300 hectares. The community has been protected, thanks to the efforts of firefighters. Work continues on building fire guards.
Manitoba has deployed 73 firefighters in the area along with nine bulldozers to cut fire lines. Water bombers are also active on the fire, including two planes from Minnesota.
Equipment, crews and water bombers are also expected to arrive from Quebec and BC.
A provincial command post has been set up in Marchand.
The Rural Municipality of Piney ordered the evacuation of the community of Badger on Sunday.
Since then, 16 people remain out of their homes, until further notice. The RM has also declared a state of local emergency to help manage the wildfire situation in the area.
The province said fire crews from eastern Manitoba are working on this fire, that is about 4,100 hectares in size, in the RM of Stuartburn.
A state of local emergency is in effect.
The province said that "good progress" has been made on this fire, since Monday.
A fire south of Marchand is now approximately 1,100 hectares in size. No structures are threatened at this time.