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Fire destroys six cabins in Beaver Creek Provincial Park, Manitoba

Tuesday, June 2nd 2020, 3:52 pm - Crews are still battling the blaze that broke out Monday

Firefighters continue to battle wildfire in Beaver Creek Provincial Park that has forced the evacuation of cabins in the area and destroyed six cottages.

The Manitoba Wildlife Service has been fighting the fire since Monday evening, when it said the fire was threatening up to 25 cottages, with some already damaged or destroyed.

As of Tuesday morning, a provincial spokesperson said crews from Manitoba Wildfire Service and from the Gimli, Arborg and Riverton municipal fire departments are still working to control the wildfire. Water bombers are also being used.

Emergency response teams have set up sprinklers on properties in immediate danger.

Leroy Loewen, chief of the Arborg-Bifrost fire department, said in the area he was working in, the fire had jumped a major road and also spread along a smaller road connected to it.

CBC - water-bomber The Manitoba government said a number of cottages in the area have been evacuated. (Manitoba Conservation Officers Association/Facebook)

"The treetops were burned and it was very smoky as well as we were going in," he said.

"So it was less than ideal but … we put in a lot of effort and we were successful at saving the cabin that we were assigned to protect."

Beaver Creek Provincial Park is on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, about 170 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This article was written for the CBC.

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