Fire crews, members of the Office of the Fire Commissioner and local emergency officials worked to protect the residences and structures of the community of Ilford/War Lake and the Manitoba Hydro construction camp at Keeyask. The efforts of these personnel deploying sprinklers on these structures and the water bombers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan served to protect these areas. These fires were a result of lightning and are still burning out of control. Fire suppression efforts continue in these areas.
Please be very cautious when in or near any forested areas. If using an ATV, 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 Nov. 15 annually, except under a burning permit or in enclosed, approved fire pits such as grated campfire pits in provincial campsites. For information on burning permits, please contact your local Conservation and Water Stewardship office. Municipalities often implement their own burning restrictions. Please check with your local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship district offices and local municipal offices for information on burning bans or other fire restrictions. A list of local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship offices is available at:
Please report all wildfires to 1-800-782-0076 (TIPS / Wildfires)