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Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach each call local fire bans

All three area communities have called municipal fire bans after a long period of dry weather.
A sign posted outside Denare Beach shows a fire ban is currently in effect.

All three area communities have called municipal fire bans after a long period of dry weather.

The Town of Creighton, City of Flin Flon and Village of Denare Beach have all cracked down on fires within community limits after a long bout of dry weather and increasing heat. The decision was sparked further after a bushfire broke out near Creighton last weekend.

The Town of Creighton was the first of the three communities to announce a fire ban, doing so May 8 after a bushfire broke out over the weekend west of town. The fire, which started May 6 and reached two hectares at its largest size, was officially declared out May 8. Provincial and local firefighters were called to deal with the blaze.

The Town's notice also specifically asks for Creighton residents to not use fire pits or open flame barbecues until the ban is lifted - the notice says the ban is in place "until further notice."

The City of Flin Flon followed suit May 9, announcing a similar ban for all fires within city limits due to unfavourable weather conditions. The Village of Denare Beach did the same later May 9, announcing a third fire ban for the community and putting up signs heading into town warning of the ban.

"Due to the dry conditions, the Village of Denare Beach is implementing a municipal fire ban. This includes all open fires but does not include propane and briquette barbecues," reads the Denare Beach ban.

"Once the fire ban is lifted, the fire ban signs will be removed from the community and notices will be placed on our website and Facebook page."

According to Natural Resources Canada, Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach are either listed as "moderate" or "high" fire danger as of May 10.

According to the Canada Weather Office, forecasts for May 10 call for scattered rain and a 30 per cent chance of showers May 10, with a chance of thunderstorms into the overnight period, but no more rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week, through this weekend and into next week. No precipitation has been reported in the area since April 28.

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