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Manitoba lifts stubble burning ban

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives has resumed daily authorizations for stubble burning in the province, following a suspension after a three-car collision west of Winnipeg August 28.

Drivers involved in the mid-afternoon crash near Elie complained their visibility was impaired by smoke billowing across the Trans-Canada Highway from an unauthorized stubble burn nearby.

The province, since 1993, has operated a controlled burning program that issues authorizations (online and at a toll-free number) for daytime burning in specific areas by 11 a.m. each day between August 1 and November 15. Burning at night or outside the hours specified in the authorization remains banned.

The province announced today it would resume its daily assessments of weather conditions to see if conditions are appropriate to burn crop residue.

No charges have yet been laid following the Aug. 28 crash. Fines for illegal burning run from $2,100 to as high as $50,000.

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