Manitoba, Ottawa pledge $38M for firefighting efforts

By The Canadian Press

The Manitoba and federal governments have signed a deal to spend a combined $38.4 million over four years to boost firefighting and prevention.

Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan made the announcement Thursday in Winnipeg.

The money, to be split evenly, is aimed at buying more firefighting, boosting training, and increasing the number of skilled wildland firefighters and other staff.

READ: Out-of-control wildfire near Flin Flon continues to burn

About 500 people remain evacuated Thursday from the remote northwestern Manitoba community of Cranberry Portage.

Officials say the fire was about 80 per cent contained, and residents might be able to return this weekend.

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