Manitoba wildfire crews back to work a month early
Dry conditions in southwest mean early start to fire season
Manitoba wildfire crews are being called back to work about a month earlier than usual thanks to drier than normal conditions.
Gary Friesen, manager of the Manitoba Conservation wildfire program, said he is calling in firefighters because of the potential for fires in the southwestern part of the province.
Fire destroyed two buildings near Virden after a controlled burn turned into a raging grass fire.
Most of the forested areas received below average snowfall this year, but Friesen said there was enough moisture last fall to ensure the ground water is high. However, the southwest corner of the province is very dry.
"That would be south of Swan River in that area and then down to the border, so that includes Spruce Woods and things like that," Friesen said.
The province expects an average to above-average fire season this year.