Lightning continues to start new wildfires in throughout Manitoba. Fire crews and water bombers continue with suppression work on these new wildfires as well as larger wildfires. Manitoba’s wildfire suppression efforts are being supported by fire crews from the Northwest Territories and Minnesota and a water bomber from Newfoundland. Warm temperatures and lack of rain continue to keep fire danger levels elevated in most of the forested areas. Some areas of the province may notice smoke from local wildfires as well as large fires burning in western Canada.
A wildfire near Poplar River remains approximately 3.5 kilometres from the community. Warm temperatures and strong winds necessitated the evacuation of the residents as a safety precaution. Fire crews along with the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Poplar River Fire Department personnel have installed sprinkler systems to protect structures in and around the community as a precaution. Suppression efforts continue with helicopters and fire crews. A wildfire burning near the Fox Lake First Nation is approximately 6 kilometres from the community and approximately 2,000 hectares in size. Water bombers and fire crews continue suppression efforts on this fire. A large wildfire in the Island Lake area forced the evacuation of the residents of Wasagamack, St Theresa Point and Garden Hill. Water bombers and fire crews continue suppression work on this wildfire.
Please be very careful with any outdoor activities. 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 provide wildfire status information.