Manitoba Sustainable Development and the Office of the Fire Commissioner advise that hot, dry and windy conditions have elevated the wildfire danger levels in many areas of the province and burning permits have been cancelled in central and eastern Manitoba.
Manitobans are reminded to exercise extreme caution with any outdoor activities. In areas where all-terrain vehicle use is authorized, stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris, and carefully dispose of any debris found. Riders should carry a small shovel, axe and fire extinguisher at all times.
No open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15. For information on permits and restrictions, contact the local Sustainable Development office. Municipalities often implement their own restrictions so check with local municipal offices for further information on any local bans or restrictions.
Reporting of wildfires can be done by contacting local emergency services at 911, or by contacting the forest fire tip line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free). More information on wildfire prevention is available at www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/.