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Back Country Travel and Campfire Restrictions

Posted on: May 9, 2018  |  

May 8, 2018

FIRE BULLETIN #2

Manitoba Sustainable Development advises a number of additional travel restrictions have been put into place and burning permits are cancelled for the western, eastern and central regions of Manitoba due to dry, windy conditions and the high risk of fires.

Travel restrictions are now in place for much of southeastern, central and western Manitoba including Spruce Woods Provincial Forest, Duck Mountain Provincial Forest, the Mars Hill Wildlife Management Area and a number of provincial parks. Backcountry travel in these areas is limited or requires a permit.  Campfire restrictions are in place for all provincial parks in southern Manitoba. Campfires in approved fire pits are allowed but restricted between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

A list of parks with campfire restrictions can be found at www.manitobaparks.com . Visitors to provincial parks should check with park staff for the most up-to-date information.

A map of the areas affected and a detailed description of the provincial fire and travel restrictions can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Restrictions/index.html. Local municipalities may also implement burning bans or fire restrictions. Check with local municipal offices or visit www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/burn_conditions.html for more information.

For further general information on fire status, maps, burning permit cancellations or other restrictions, go to www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/ or follow the Twitter account at www.twitter.com/mbgovnews.

For additional information on these restrictions, contact the nearest Manitoba Sustainable Development office. To report a wildfire, call 911 or the T.I.P. line at 1-800-782-0076.

 

Specific Restrictions for the Whiteshell Include

Burning Permits: Existing Burning Permits are cancelled. No new burning permits will be issued until conditions improve.

Public, permanent residents, cottagers: Motorized back country travel including forestry roads, private roads and trails prohibited. No restriction for motorized access for cottagers on maintained park, municipal, or subdivision roads. Back country travel requires a travel permit.

Camping: Permitted in developed campgrounds only. Wayside parks are open. Campfires in approved pits only between hours of 8pm and 8am.

Canoes/Boating/Aircraft: Landing and launching restricted to developed shorelines only. Backcountry travel requires a travel permit.

Outfitters and Commercial Operations: Motorized back country travel prohibited. Access may be authorized under a travel permit issued at the discretion of the local Conservation Officer.

Check www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Restrictions/AreaRestrictionInfo.html?area=2 for the latest information.

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