BERESFORD LAKE, Man. — Hundreds of cottagers have been evacuated as two fires burning on the Manitoba-Ontario boundary continue to challenge crews.
On Monday, 61 cottages and a lodge were evacuated at Wallace Lake because of the fire near the Beresford subdivision at Nopiming Provincial Park.
That fire is about 500 square kilometres, most of it in Ontario.
Further south, a 28-square-kilometre fire prompted an evacuation of the east shore of Caddy Lake.
Gary Friesen, the manager of Manitoba’s fire program, said the winds have been making the situation worse.
Sprinklers have been set up to protect homes and cottages near both fires.
No cottages have been damaged so far.
Meanwhile, about 100 evacuees from Ingolf, Ont., are waiting to hear when they can go home.
They left last Thursday expecting to be gone for about a day, but officials say they could still be out for the rest of this week.
“We had two and a half hours notice to get out,” evacuee Lynne McNicholl said. “The first thing you take is medication.”
Deputy fire chief Grant Fisette, who lives along Caddy Lake, said he knew the evacuation order was coming but it didn’t make it any easier to leave his home.
“We live in a gorgeous place but it can turn bad in a hurry,” he said. “It’s harder on my wife than it is on me. Because I basically leave everything up to her. I said, ‘you’re on your own, I’ve got to go fight someone else’s fire.’ It’s gut-wrenching.”
(CJOB, CTV Winnipeg)
By The Canadian Press