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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

August 12, 2021

FIRE BULLETIN #22



The Manitoba Wildfire Service advises that although there have been some recent improvements in weather conditions in parts of Manitoba, the fire danger levels remain high for the upcoming weekend. Fire and travel restrictions will continue.

Outdoor Burning
All provincial burning permits remain cancelled provincewide and new permits will not be issued until conditions improve.

Level 3 Fire and Travel Restrictions: Area 4
As a result of improving conditions in eastern Manitoba, Area 4 will now move to level 3 fire and travel restrictions. Area 4 covers the large area north of the Wanipigow River, east of Lake Winnipeg to the Ontario border, including Atikaki Provincial Park, and north to Poplar River.
• All backcountry travel is prohibited unless under the authority of a travel permit.
• Camping is restricted to developed campgrounds.
• Campfires are not permitted.
• Access to cottages allowed on designated roads. However, travel permits will be required for remote cottages.
• Industry and outfitters may be restricted in their operations, and should contact their local Manitoba Conservation and Climate office for more information.

Level 2 Fire and Travel Restrictions: Remain in Areas 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14
• Motorized backcountry travel, including ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is prohibited unless under the authority of a travel permit.
• Camping is restricted to developed campgrounds.
• Campfires are permitted only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
• Wayside parks remain open.
• Landing and launching is restricted to developed shorelines only.
• Industry and outfitters may be restricted in their operations and should contact their local Manitoba Conservation and Climate office for more information.

Level 1 Fire and Travel Restrictions: Remain in Areas 15 and 16
• Campfires are permitted only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
• Motorized backcountry travel, including ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is prohibited from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise approved by a travel permit.

Restrictions in Provincial Parks
The Mantario Trail and the Kwasitchewan Falls Trail remain closed. The Canoe Landing Campground in Spruce Woods Provincial Park also remains closed.

In provincial parks outside of the numbered restriction areas, campfires are permitted between the hours of 8 pm. and 8 a.m. only. Information regarding fire and travel restrictions within provincial parks is available at www.manitobaparks.com.

Fireworks and Sky Lanterns
Use of fireworks and sky lanterns is prohibited in provincial parks at all times.
• A Provincial Fireworks Authorization is required to use fireworks or sky lanterns within fire and travel restriction areas.
• Any existing authorizations are cancelled and no authorizations will be issued under the current restrictions.

The Province’s Fire and Travel Restrictions map will be updated to reflect these updated restrictions. Confirm your area’s restrictions before heading outdoors at https://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation_fire/Restrictions/index.html.

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

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