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Evacuation order lifted in Manitoba

June 9, 2010, Nelson House, Man. - Residents of Nelson House in northern Manitoba are breathing a sigh of relief after a forest fire at the edge of town has been contained.

June 9, 2010 
By The Canadian Press

Curtis Moore, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters, said eight people with breathing problems had to be evacuated Monday.

However, they were back in their homes later the same night.

The fire broke out at the east end of the community on Monday morning and as the day went on four of the province's water bombers were sent to fight it, while buses were sent in ready to move people out of the area.

Gary Friesen, manager of Manitoba Conservation's fire program, said the blaze there has burned nearly two square kilometres.


Friesen said so far this fire season there have been 180 fires burning a total of more than 250 square kilometres.

"This has been an average year because the 20-year average is 186 fires,'' he said.

"We started earlier and we were ahead of the average, but since then we got rain in the south part of the province and that has helped.''

Nelson House is 850 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

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