Fire Update Report

2021-Aug-02 15:09

Discussion

There are currently 154 active fires burning across the province. Smoke will continue to impact communities and will be an issue across the province depending on wind conditions. Fire dangers over the next two days will range from moderate to high across the north, and will be high to extreme in the south half of the province. There were 17 new fires reported in the past 48 hours. Four First Nations and three Northern Affairs communities remain evacuated due to smoke and loss of hydro electric power.

Manitoba Wildfire Service and Manitoba Parks and Protected Spaces Branch, advise that a large fire in eastern Ontario near the Manitoba border (Kenora 051) continues to advance westward toward the Manitoba Border. The province has ordered the evacuation of the Davidson Lake cottage subdivision, located in Nopiming Provincial Park by 4:00 p.m. today, August 2, 2021. Value protection efforts on structures at Davidson Lake are underway. This involves placing sprinklers on cottages and other structures. As well, a notification has been issued for cottagers and residents of a potential evacuation of the nearby Booster Lake, Flanders Lake and Bird Lake areas.

Out of province support from Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Parks Canada and Ontario are in the province and currently assisting with the suppression effort. As well, 120 wildfire trained member of the Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to fires in the Western and Eastern Fire Regions in support of our Manitoba crews. Support from the Manitoba Municipal Fire Service, Manitoba Hydro, and the Office of the Fire Commissioner is also being received.

The Manitoba Wildfire service will continue to action and prioritize fires with available resources based on the priorities of life, property and other values at risk. The Wildfire Service will continue to work with the Canadian Inter-Agency Forest Fire Centre and other partners to identify available resources to assist the provincial effort. Regular inter-agency communications are ongoing.

The Loon Straits fire complex (east of Lake Winnipeg & north of Bissett) is being actioned as a priority. Community / value protection efforts are currently underway in Little Grand Rapids and Paungassi First Nations due to advancing fires East of Lake Winnipeg and Northwest Ontario. The Western Fire Region continues to action Fire WE 080 35 km south of The Pas along PTH # 10, The public can expect temporarily delays along this stretch of highway based on wind and fire conditions at the time. The Northern Fire Region continues to action fire NO 045 North of Split Lake, and a new fire southwest of the Community of Bird which is part of the Fox Lake First Nation north east of Gillam, MB. Both are being monitored closely for community impacts.

Provincial fire and travel restrictions were updated on Friday July 30 to limit human caused fire issues. For more information visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation_fire/Restrictions/index.htm. Many municipalities have already proactively implemented burning restrictions. Check with local municipal offices for more information or view the interactive Current Municipal Burning Restrictions at www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/burn_conditions.html. The province does not issue burning permits within or areas bordering any municipality where municipal burning restrictions are already in place.

Wildfires across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northwest Ontario will continue to bring smoke into all parts of the province until conditions improve. This will be dependent on wind direction. Air quality reports are available on the Government of Canada website at https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/mbaq-001_e.html.

For further information on Manitoba Wildfire Service, situation updates, restrictions and other important wildfire links go to www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire or follow the Twitter account at twitter.com/mbgovnews.

To report a wildfire, call 911 or the T.I.P. line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076


408 fires have been reported to date as follows :
Region Active Year To Date Area Burned (Ha)
East 38 192 776292
North 81 131 19899
West 35 85 107920

Crews and equipment engaged in today's fire suppression activities
25 Helicopters
14 Waterbombers
143 Extra Firefighters