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Source: Sam Thompson,, May 11, 2021

According to the province’s fire map, on Sunday, the Sandilands forest fire had already covered 800 hectares and was continuing to grow. 

A senior climatologist for Environment Canada is calling Manitoba’s dry spell — which has already resulted in an out-of-control forest fire in Sandilands Provincial Forest — a grave situation that could be one of Canada’s most significant crises of 2021.

David Phillips told 680 CJOB that so far this year, the province has only seen half of its usual amount of precipitation, and we’re now into a time of year that usually sees heavy rains in the region.

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