Manitoba Conservation has cancelled burning permits and issued a ban on open fires for the province's northwest area.

Persistent dry, hot conditions have created a high risk for forest fires, said officials.

A fire at Kisseynew Lake, near Cranberry Portage and Sherridon, is now about 480 hectares in size but efforts to suppress the fire and going well, said the province.

No communities are threatened. The road between Cranberry Portage and Sherridon has now re-opened.

The ban on burning in the province's northwest will stay in place until further notice, said officials.

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