As Manitobans prepare for the August long weekend, Manitoba Sustainable Development and the Office of the Fire Commissioner are advising that hot and dry conditions have elevated the wildfire danger levels in many areas of Manitoba.
People should exercise extreme caution with any outdoor activities to reduce the risk of fires. In areas where ATV’s are travelling, operators should stay on developed trails and stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris. If any is found, this needs to be carefully disposed of. Riders should also carry a small shovel, axe and fire extinguisher at all times.
A reminder that no open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15. For information on permits and restrictions, Manitobans can contact their local Sustainable Development office. As municipalities may often implement their own restrictions, people should also check with their local municipal offices for further information.
When travelling in the backcountry, campfires should be in designated fire pits only, but a safer option is to prepare food on a portable cook stove.
To report a wildfire, contact local emergency services at 911 or 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/.