Fire forces evacuation of 7 homes in Lac du Bonnet, Man.

Fire forces evacuation of 7 homes in Lac du Bonnet, Man.

Several people were forced from their homes Tuesday afternoon as another wildfire rages in parched eastern Manitoba.

Seven homes in Lac du Bonnet, about 80 kilometres east of Winnipeg, were evacuated for safety reasons at about 3:30 p.m. as a bush fire burned near the community, said fire Chief David Lussier. Evacuees were invited to stay at the local legion.

Seven water bombers and a helicopter were called in to help douse the blaze, which grew to about four kilometres in length. The cause of the blaze hasn’t been released.

“We had Lac du Bonnet fire crews attacking,” said Lussier. Manitoba Sustainable Development wildfire crews helped.

Burns bans remain in effect for Lac du Bonnet and much of southern and eastern Manitoba amid one of the driest springs in decades for many areas. Even those with permits are now restricted from burning anything, according to Lac du Bonnet Emergency Management.

A fire caused a scare on the weekend for cottagers in the Caddy and West Hawk lakes area, about 80 kilometres southeast of Lac du Bonnet.

The red indicates areas experiencing extremely dry conditions and at high risk of fires. (Natural Resources Canada)

Published at Wed, 16 May 2018 09:59:07 -0400