Manitoba Media Bulletin – Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises current dry conditions along with above average temperatures and increasing winds are pushing the fire danger to high in some areas of the province.
New burning permits will not be issued for the central and eastern regions of Manitoba, as well as areas in western Manitoba. Any permits that have been issued are now cancelled.
This affects areas are from the United States border in the south, through the Interlake to Gypsumville and Berens River in the north and east to the Ontario border. In western Manitoba, this includes the Turtle Mountain and Spruce Woods provincial park areas, as well as the west shore of Lake Winnipegosis to the Saskatchewan border, including the Duck Mountains and Porcupine Hills, and north to Overflowing River.
Officials noted people should always check with their local municipality for any additional burning restrictions.
Campfires are allowed within enclosed, approved firepits.
The department requires a permit for any burning, including crop residue, within burning permit areas between April 1 and Nov. 15 of each year. Specific information regarding burning permit areas is available through local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship offices.
Many hunters, fishers and outdoor enthusiasts are actively enjoying the outdoors, raising the danger of accidental, human-caused fires. Travellers, hikers and hunters, and anyone in wooded and grassland areas, are encouraged to be careful around any potential fire sources until current conditions subside.
All-terrain vehicle riders are advised to stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris, and carefully dispose of any debris found. They are also asked to carry a small shovel, axe and fire extinguisher on their vehicles at all times.
Fires can be reported to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship by calling 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free). Further information is available at local department district offices or online at gov.mb.ca/wildfire.