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AS the forest fire outside of Cranberry Portage continues to char the landscape, provincial fire officials nervously anticipate a new fire threat to the east.
"The area just south of Thompson is an area that's really dry," where the threat level is even more dangerous, Gary Friesen, manager of Manitoba's forest fire program, said Wednesday.
Extra fire crews from the U.S. and across Canada have been brought in not only to help fight the fire near Cranberry Portage, but to keep the province adequately staffed in case another major fire starts, Friesen said.
"We have resources positioned throughout northern Manitoba."
As of Tuesday, 400 firefighters and 10 water bombers continued to fight the 55,000-hectare lightning-sparked fire. It's expected to grow as strong southeast winds keep the air dry.
About 420 residents have left under a voluntary evacuation.
"This is the biggest fire in Manitoba history to threaten such a large swath of human infrastructure and wood supply," Friesen said.