Forest fire crews being sent to help in Manitoba

     Forest fire crews being sent to help in Manitoba

3 June 2008

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Canada — With the fire hazard low to moderate across northwestern Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources has been able to lend a hand to Manitoba.

Twenty-two forest fire ranger crews and agency representatives along with two CL-415 heavy waterbombers, one bird dog aircraft and two air attack officers have been dispatched to Manitoba to support the firefighting effort there.

Smoke from the large forest fires burning in northern Manitoba is expected to continue to drift into northwestern Ontario over the next few days.

Fire information officer Travis Moffatt says there was only one small fire reported in the northwest on the weekend, and it was quickly extinguished.

Moffatt says a drying trend beginning Monday could push fire hazards up across the northwest.

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