Wildfire threat to Manitoba village subsides
Badger fire by the numbers
- 53 square kilometres
- 80 forest firefighters from Manitoba
- 40 firefighters from British Columbia
- 16 evacuees
- 14 bulldozers and heavy equipment
- 6 helicopters
- 6 water bombers
- 4 single engine air tankers
The village of Badger has been saved from a nearby wildfire, at least for the time being.
The community, in the southeast corner of Manitoba, was evacuated on Sunday as 16 people were forced from their homes.
Municipal officials, however, have not lifted the state of local emergency in the area and there is no word on when residents might return.
A change in wind direction and strength could still pose danger.
The fire near Badger is approximately 5,300 hectares (53 square kilometres) in size, according to the Manitoba government.
Municipal fire crews from eastern Manitoba continue to work on a large fire of approximately 41 square kilometres located in the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn, south of Highway 201.
Work continues to put out a fire south of Marchand, which remains approximately 11 square kilometres in size. No structures are threatened at this time.
No official causes of any of the fires have been determined at this time but investigators continue to look into it.