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Highway 59 reopened, but stretch of Hwy. 430 now closed

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Hwy. 59 in southern Manitoba has reopened after it was closed for several hours today from Hwy. 216 to Hwy. 403.

Instead, Hwy. 430 is now closed for five kilometres west of Hwy. 216, a news release from Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation said mid-afternoon.

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The closures are the result of poor visibility because of smoke from a brush fire near St. Malo Provincial Park.

The fire has been burning since Monday afternoon and has covered about a square mile, said Luc Lahaie, CAO of the RM of Hanover.

"They thought they had it contained yesterday evening, but it started back up again," he said in an interview. "We have very strong wind in this area."

He said no one has been injured, although a couple of houses have been evacuated.

St. Malo is about 75 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

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Updated on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM CDT: updates with full writethru

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