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High winds force province to cancel burning permits

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises effective immediately, all burning permits issued in the eastern and central regions of Manitoba have been cancelled due to dry conditions and the forecast of continued high winds.

This affects an area extending from the United States border on the south, through the Interlake to Gypsumville and Berens River in the north and east to the Ontario border. Manitobans are reminded that no open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15, and all current permits are cancelled until conditions improve.

Anyone with questions about when they can burn again should contact the nearest Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office and check with local municipal offices to ensure no additional local restrictions are in place.

All-terrain vehicle (ATV) users are also reminded they can play a role in protecting against wildfires. Anyone using an ATV must use spark arrestors. Check areas around the engine and exhaust frequently, and carefully remove and extinguish any debris. Operators are also reminded to be prepared by carrying a fire extinguisher, small axe and shovel.

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