Wildfire in south eastern Manitoba continues to burn out of control

Despite cooler temperatures this week, one wildfire is still burning out of control in south eastern Manitoba.

Nine crews are on the scene of the 4,700 hectare blaze in the rural municipality of Piney along with four bulldozers and three helicopters.

Gary Friesen, manager of the wildfire program with Manitoba Sustainable Development said increasing temperatures on Wednesday remain a concern.

“Definitely a concern because that fire is not under control yet but the crews are working on it,” he said. “It’s supposed to cloud over again and maybe there’ll be some showers but again, we won’t count on that, we’re still actively working it.”

A state of emergency declared on Monday remains in effect in municipality.

Friesen says 25 mm of rain would be idea to deal with the situation the Badger area, but they’ll even take higher humidity at this point.

On the bright side he said the blaze, which is burning on Crown land, had not grown in size in the last 24 hours.

“It allowed the crews to get some control lines in so that hopefully when the weather and wind changes again it won’t move on us.”