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Water bombers put out Falcon Beach forest fire during May long weekend

A water bomber flies over Falcon Beach. @Kype35/ Twitter

The owners of Falcon Beach Ranch in the Whiteshell say they’re breathing a sigh of relief after a forest fire got too close for comfort.

In a Facebook post, the ranch said a forest fire got closer than 700 metres on Monday afternoon.

“I got a call from a friend who’s on the fire department and spotted the smoke and called in the fire and as soon as he did that it was kind of obvious to everyone that the fire was getting big and relatively out of control,” Falcon Beach Ranch owner, Devin Imrie said.

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Residents in the area saw water bombers circling the lake.

“The fire itself seems to have started on the Falcon Creek hiking trail which is just North of our property, so it received heavy use on the weekend. Fortunately everyone was able to get off the trail quickly,” Imrie said.

Falcon Beach Ranch said they want to thank the Whiteshell Fire Department, Falcon Park staff, IA crews and provincial water bombers for putting down the fire.

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“The response time from the local volunteer department here and the water bombers and attack crews was really quick, so we’re fortunate for that for sure, but there were a lot of tense moments here,” said Imrie.

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The owners say no one was hurt.

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Imrie is warning visitors to understand just how dry the area is and to take extra caution.

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