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Trout Lake fire now "being held", ALIR fire back to being considered "active"

The fire burning near Trout Lake has been upgraded, with fire personnel now having at least partial control of the blaze.
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The fire burning near Trout Lake has been upgraded, with fire personnel now having at least partial control of the blaze.

According to data from Manitoba Conservation and Climate and from Natural Resources Canada, the fire - formally named the WE095 fire - has remained at 20 hectares in size for the past several days and has been moved from "out of control" to "being held". Manitoba Conservation and Climate has also said the fire is undergoing a "full" response since being officially added to provincial data rolls Oct. 4.

At its closest point, the fire is just over six kilometres away from Flin Flon, but much of that distance is taken up by Trout/Embury Lake, which provides a natural firebreak for Flin Flon.

No new hotspots have been found with the fire in the past two days, according to the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS). 

According to current weather forecasts as of Oct. 8, the Flin Flon/Creighton/Denare Beach area (along with The Pas) are expected to see smoke cover intermittently throughout the weekend. That smoke, much like the smoke seen in the area last weekend, is from a complex of fires burning around Hudson Bay, Sask., not from fires burning near Flin Flon.

Saskatchewan

Things are not quite the same with Saskatchewan, where about two and a half weeks after being considered "out", the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) now considers the ALIR fire active once again. The ALIR fire, which has burned on-and-off-again since July 11, is marked as "protecting values" by the SPSA. 

Recent hotspots have appeared around the fire's perimeter over the past 10 days. Two main clusters of hotspots are still going as of Oct. 8 - one burning north of the Sturgeon Weir River and another south of Neagle Lake, where the fire has already gone through this summer.