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Forest fire in the Duck Mountains contained

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This year has been particularly bad for forest fires, due to the lack of rain and extremely dry conditions, which make it ideal for a forest fire to thrive. 
A thunderstorm passed over the Duck Mountains on Aug. 11, with significant lightning activity. The next
day, the Province detected a forest fire in Duck Mountain Provincial Park just northeast of Blue Lakes.
“On Aug. 12, the Province detected a fire in Duck Mountain Provincial Park which was deemed to have been caused by lightning,” said a representative for the Manitoba government in a statement issued to the Swan Valley Star and Times. "Fire suppression efforts included water bombers and 20 fire fighters. The forest industry also supported suppression efforts by providing bulldozers. 
Both Spruce Products Limited (SPL) and Louisiana Pacific (LP) realized they needed to step up and help take action to fight the forest fire and prevent it from spreading. 
“Hot, dry conditions made the fire challenging to control,” said SPL President Ward Perchuk. 
“Over that weekend the local forest industry was in contact with Manitoba Conservation and Climate and
monitoring the situation. LP and SPL offered to assist the Province, and on Aug. 16, they mobilized a number of logging contractors to assist in the fire suppression. 
Dirtwood Contracting, Herb Bresky and Sons, Intermountain Contracting, SPL and Timberline Contracting
stepped up and assisted with the task at hand. 
“Five Bulldozers were dispatched to the fire and deactivated logging roads allowed the dozers to quickly gain access to the fire perimeter. In two days, under the direction of Manitoba Conservation and Climate, the bulldozers were able to build a guard around most of the fire stopping it from further growth."
The equipment remains on scene to deal with any further issues and Manitoba fire crews remain on the ground dealing with the fire within the established fireguard. 
“The Duck Mountain Provincial Park is a multiple- use area and there are many values that can be adversely impacted by wildfire,” said Perchuk. “Our industry was happy to assist and protect the wide array of values found in the park. The damage caused by this fire is largely in areas that have been planted following harvesting. We will work with the Province to develop a plan to mitigate the damage.”
Thanks to the joint efforts by LP, SPL, local contractors and the Province, the fire was contained quickly and there were no devastating losses. 
The Province added, “Due to recent rains the fire isn’t considered a threat at this time.”