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After recent rain, local fire bans lifted in Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach

Municipal fire bans have been lifted in Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach.
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Municipal fire bans have been lifted in Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach.

Following cold temperatures and rain after several weeks of unseasonably warm and dry weather, the three communities each lifted their local fire bans May 26.

The City of Flin Flon announced their ban would be lifted Friday morning, with both Creighton and Denare Beach following suit soon after. The City made their decision following consultation with Fire Chief Jason Kuras, who made the decision to lift the ban.

"The fire chief has declared an end to the fire ban. Thank you for your understanding and for your help in keeping our community safe," reads the City's statement, issued at 10 a.m. local time Friday.

Creighton and Denare Beach both followed suit at about 3:30 p.m. local time, issuing similar statements as those from Flin Flon.

"The fire ban for the Town of Creighton has been lifted. We ask all Creighton residents to please continue to exercise caution when using their outdoor fire pits," reads the Town of Creighton's statement.

After two days of rain and colder weather, fire danger in the area has gone down from "high" to "extreme" in Saskatchewan and "moderate" to "high" in Manitoba to "low" in areas of both provinces near Flin Flon.

No regional fire restrictions are in place for northern Manitoba as of Friday and the fire danger, according to Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development, is considered "low" for most of the region. There is one notable exception - the area around Cross Lake and Pimicikamak Cree Nation. An evacuation order was issued May 25 for the area due to a fire encroaching on the community and the highway leading to it.

Saskatchewan had a provincial fire ban in place until earlier this week - there are now currently no restrictions on fires province-wide.

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