Cottagers head back home as wildfire evacuation lifted along Manitoba-Ontario border

On May 8 wildfires along the Manitoba-Ontario border forced dozens of cottagers from their homes. The province lifted the evacuation order in the Whiteshell Provincial Park and Beresford Lake Tuesday. Province of Manitoba handout / File

Good news for cottagers along the Manitoba-Ontario border, as the wildfires that forced dozen from their homes are shrinking.

Those evacuated in the in Caddy Lake, Ingolf and West Hawk Lake areas are allowed back onto their properties as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The Manitoba government said evacuation orders for Beresford Lake and Wallace Lake will be lifted at 1 p.m. Tuesday. However evacuation orders remain in place for Nora Lake and Florence lake.

Two forest fires along the the Manitoba-Ontario border, sparked on May 5 and forced dozens of evacuations. One wildfire was in the Nopiming Provincial Park area east of Beresford Lake and into Ontario, while the other blaze was in Whiteshell Provincial Park, northeast of Caddy Lake, and northwestern Ontario.

READ MORE: A look at wildfires in Manitoba and across the country

Cottagers returning must bring their identification and proof of ownership, or connection to the property, such as a tax bill or mail directed to the residence, the province said.

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On Sunday the province said the Caddy Lake wildfire is 65 per cent under control.

READ MORE: Manitoba wildfire closes down popular hiking trail

Hunt Lake and McGillivray Falls trail will also be reopened after they were closed to hikers due to the wildfires. The Mantario trail remains closed.

WATCH : Mantario hikers capture wildfire burning across the lake

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Mantario hikers capture wildfire burning across the lake – May 9, 2016


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