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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

August 19, 2021

FIRE BULLETIN #23



With the forecast for significant rainfall to arrive over most parts of Manitoba in the coming days, the Manitoba Wildfire Service advises that current fire and travel restrictions can be lifted in most areas. Manitobans are reminded there are still some areas where the risk of wildfire may still exist even after the rain, therefore caution is required. These changes will take effect at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20.

Outdoor Burning

Provincial Burning Permits will once again be available through local or regional Manitoba Conservation and Climate office for all areas with the exception of Area 4, east of Lake Winnipeg. The issue of any burning permit remains at the discretion of the issuing officer, and may require a site examination, further conditions or both prior to issue. A reminder that campfires are permitted only in approved pits.

All provincial travel restrictions are lifted, with the exception of Area 4, which remains at level 2. 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.

Level 2 Fire and Travel Restrictions:  Area 4
• Provincial burning permits remain cancelled.
• 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.

Restrictions in Provincial Parks

All provincial park trails are now open, and campfires permitted in approved pits only. Restriction information for provincial parks is available at www.manitobaparks.com.

Fireworks and Sky Lanterns
• Fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited in provincial parks at all times.
• A Provincial Fireworks Authorization is required to use any fireworks or sky lanterns within Fire and Travel Restriction Areas.

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 www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Restrictions/index.html.

Many municipalities have 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 will not issue burning permits within or areas bordering any municipality where municipal burning restrictions are already in place.

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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