Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Residents Forced out by Wildfires in Central Manitoba Allowed to Return Home

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Residents Forced out by Wildfires in Central Manitoba Allowed to Return Home

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Fire evacuees allowed to return home

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THE PAS, Man. - About 2,000 people forced out of their homes in Manitoba last week by two forest fires have been given the green light to return.

A state of emergency was lifted on Monday in Easterville and on the Chemawawin First Nation, about 450 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

The Manitoba government says the return will be staggered over the next few days.

Officials say no structures were damaged.

Hundreds of evacuees were ordered out on Thursday when the fires crept to within half a kilometre of the communities.

Hundreds went to Winnipeg, while others opted to stay in The Pas.

The fires switched course on the weekend and started moving towards a lake. Officials were also optimistic that rain in the forecast would help quell the flames. Sprinklers were also set up. …

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