The north half of the province continues to experience new wildfires as a result of lightning, with eight new wildfires starting yesterday. Wildfire crews continue suppression work on all existing wildfires in northern Manitoba. No suppression issues are expected with any of these wildfires. Wildfire crews along with aircraft and heavy equipment continue fighting the fire near the communities of Easterville and Chemawawin First Nation. Crews with the assistance of water bombers and heavy equipment continue establishing fireline around this fire. The wildfire has been kept from entering the community. This wildfire is approximately 650 ha in size. These communities were evacuated due to smoke and the threat from the wildfires. The Office of the Fire Commissioner has completed the sprinkler protection of threatened structures in the community. No structures have been identified as being damaged or lost to this wildfire.
Please exercise caution when in or near forested areas. In areas where ATV use is authorized, please remember to stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris and carefully dispose of any debris found. A small shovel, axe, and fire extinguisher should be carried with your ATV at all times.
Open fires are prohibited from April 1 to November 15 annually, except under a burning permit or in enclosed, approved fire pits such as grated campfire pits in provincial campsites. Activities in wooded areas involving fireworks or sky lanterns may also require written authorization during this time period in certain areas.
For information on required authorization or permits and restrictions, please contact your local Sustainable Development office. Municipalities often implement their own restrictions. Please check with your local municipal offices for further information on any local bans or restrictions.
A list of local Manitoba Sustainable Development offices is available at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife/about/who
Up to date wildfire information and links is available at www.manitoba.ca/wildfire
To report a wildfire call 1-800-782-0076 (TIPS / Wildfires). This number is only for reporting wildfires. The TIP line does not have any wildfire status information.