Fire crews and water bombers worked to contain a new lightning fire near Bird River. Fire crews along with municipal fire departments continue suppression work on fires in eastern and central Manitoba.
Due to the dry conditions and high fire dangers, burning permits in parts of the eastern, central and western Manitoba remain cancelled. New permits will not be issued until conditions improve. Travel restrictions are also in place for eastern, parts of central and western Manitoba as well as the Mars Hill Wildlife Management area, the Duck Mountain and Porcupine Forest and southern Manitoba parks. Campfire restrictions are also in place for many provincial parks in southern Manitoba. Campfire restrictions for provincial Parks in the south Whiteshell have been lifted. Visitors to provincial parks should check with park staff for updated information (www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/fire_restriction.html). Additional information on restrictions is available at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Restrictions/index.html.
Please exercise caution when in or near forested areas. If using an ATV in areas where backcountry travel is permitted, 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 where permitted. 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, please contact your local Sustainable Development office. Municipalities often implement their own restrictions. Please check with your local Manitoba Sustainable Development district offices and local municipal offices for information on burning bans or other restrictions.
A list of local Manitoba Sustainable Development offices is available at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/wildlife/about/who.html.
Please report all wildfires to 1-800-782-0076 (TIPS / Wildfires) (Please note the TIP line is only for reporting wildfires and not for general information).