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Manitoba Highway 10 fully reopened to traffic following forest fire

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Manitoba Highway 10 has fully reopened. A stretch of the road south of The Pas that closed due to a forest fire reopened again late Tuesday night.

The Manitoba 511 highway map shows the road as being affected by an incident and that caution is advised from motorists, but the road is now open once more - with a reduced speed limit of 60 kilometres per hour in effect due to heavy smoke and poor visibility.

"Thanks to all the agencies that worked hard to get this highway open. A special kudos to all the wildfire personnel, both ground and air attack crews, who are working tirelessly both locally and throughout the province during this difficult time," reads a statement issued by The Pas Fire Department August 3.

"Please be respectful of any equipment or personnel that may be working in the area both now and in the coming days."

According to the Manitoba provincial fire map, the fire that caused the highway's closure - named the WE080 fire by Manitoba Conservation and Climate - is now over 500 hectares in size and is burning on both sides of the highway. The fire has now been burning for about a week as of Wednesday. However, both sides of the fire are spreading away from the highway as of August 4. Provincial wildfire personnel will continue to work on extinguishing the fire, including use of aerial and ground crews.

No other roads in northeastern Manitoba are currently closed due to fires.