BERESFORD LAKE, Man. — Worry and frustration are beginning to mount as two fires burning on the Manitoba-Ontario boundary continue to grow in size.
On Wednesday, the Beresford Lake fire — which is primarily in Ontario but being handled by Manitoba firefighters — increased from 560 square kilometres to 730 square kilometres.
The Caddy Lake fire, where Ontario crews are leading the fight, has grown to 58 square kilometres, mostly because of high winds that sent it north.
Former Winnipeg city councillor Joe Eadie has a cottage on the south end of Caddy Lake, outside the evacuation zone, and he says communication from emergency officials is lacking.
He’s been getting most of his information from Facebook and various websites.
He says the province and other officials need to work on a better plan to keep worried residents and cottagers informed.
Officials with the Caddy Lake Girl Guide Camp on the east shore of Caddy Lake are also worried that the 67-year-old facility could be at risk.
Camp committee chairwoman Janet DeSousa says she has heard the fire was within two kilometres of the camp at one point earlier in the week.
Strong southeast winds have pushed the fire north for now, but DeSousa worries a shift in the winds could put the camp back in jeopardy.
“We’re just sort of in limbo waiting to hear what’s going on,” says DeSousa, who has been involved with the camp for 35 years and says it holds a special place in her heart.
“I’ve been going there since I was 7. Now I’m 42. It’s really important to me.”
So far, no major damage has been reported in either fire.
Two aircraft from Minnesota were flown in to protect hydro lines near Kenora, Ont., on Wednesday by dropping fire retardent along the lines.
Last week, about 100 evacuees from Ingolf, Ont., were forced from their homes and are expected to be out for the rest of this week.
(CJOB, CTV Winnipeg)
By The Canadian Press