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Fires continue to burn in Pine Creek First Nation area


As of Monday two fires in the Pine Creek and Pulp River areas continued to burn out of control and cover an area of more than 25,000 hectares.
The larger of the two fires near Pine Creek First Nation was first detected May 17 and is being fought by crews on the ground and in the air with water bombers and helicopters supporting the ground crews.
The fire forced more than 100 residents from their homes May 17. They were allowed to return, May 18.
The blaze prompted the First Nation to declare a state of emergency and implement a curfew between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
In a statement to CBC, a government spokesperson said the state of local emergency does not mean an evacuation order and that it is only administrative.
Families from 14 homes self-evacuated to stay with friends and family members in the area, the province said.
The fire was held back and their homes were not damaged.
Manitoba Hydro wrote in a tweet that crews in the region are helping to replace 11 hydro poles damaged by the fires to “keep power flowing to the nearby communities of Camperville, Pine Creek First Nation and Duck Bay.”
The fires are considered to be a result of human activity.

Staff Writer