August 2, 2006
Not a lot has changed in the province since Monday.
The fire danger in Manitoba continues to be extremely high.
Provincial fire manager Tom Mirus says the rain on Sunday really didn't help much and the forecast looks bleak with little rain expected this week.
Right now there are 25 forest fires burning in Manitoba with one still out of control.
Five new fires started Monday; two were human caused and three caused by lightning.
He says when the temperature cools down to 24 or 25 degrees people sometimes get tricked into thinking the fire danger is gone.
But he explains on different days the fire risk can be different levels. A hot day with high relative humidity is good because fires don't burn well in moist air.
On the other hand a cool day with low humidity and high winds will encourage fires to spread very quickly.