Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises current dry conditions along with above‑average temperatures and increasing winds are pushing the fire danger to high in some areas of Manitoba.
New burning permits will not be issued for the eastern and northern regions of Manitoba and any permits that have been issued are now cancelled. Campfires are allowed within enclosed, approved firepits.
The department requires a permit for any burning, including crop residue, within burning permit areas between April 1 and Nov. 15 of each year. Specific information regarding burning permit areas is available through local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship offices.
Many hunters, fishers and outdoor enthusiasts are actively enjoying the outdoors, raising the danger of accidental, human-caused fires. Travellers, hikers and hunters, and anyone in wooded and grassland areas are encouraged to be cautious and careful around any potential fire sources until current conditions subside.
All-terrain vehicle riders are advised to stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris, and carefully dispose of any debris found. They are also asked to carry a small shovel, axe and fire extinguisher on their vehicles at all times.
Fires can be reported to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship by calling 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free). Further information is available at local department district offices or online at www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/.