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Fire Bulletin # 19 – Ongoing Resrictions

Posted on: July 29, 2021  |  

July 29, 2021 FIRE BULLETIN #19

Please note the Whiteshell is in Area 2

The Manitoba Wildfire Service advises that with some improvements in weather conditions in northern Manitoba, there will be a gradual lifting of some fire and travel restrictions. However, the south and central regions of the province still face high to extreme fire danger levels, therefore current restrictions will continue to apply. These changes to fire and travel restrictions are being implemented, effective Friday, July 30 at 8 a.m.

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

Area 4 remains at level 4 fire and travel restrictions, which essentially means the area is closed, and a full travel ban is in effect. 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 4 Fire and Travel Restrictions: Remain in Area 4
• No access permitted. Travel ban in effect.
• No access to cottages.
• Permanent residents must be ready to leave on an hour’s notice.
• Campfires are not permitted.

Level 2 Fire and Travel Restrictions: Remain in Areas 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
• Provincial burning permits are 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.

Level 1 Fire and Travel Restrictions: Remain for Area 15, while Areas 12, 13, 14 and 16 are reduced to level 1
• Provincial burning permits are cancelled.
• 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.

Additional Restrictions in Provincial Parks
No campfires are permitted and all trails are closed in Grand Beach Provincial Park. The Canoe Landing Campground in Spruce Woods Provincial Park remains closed. In all other provincial parks, outside the restriction areas, campfires will be permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. only.

The Mantario Trail remains closed but Kwasitchewan Trail has been reopened. Restriction information for provincial parks is available at www.manitobaparks.com.

Fireworks and Sky Lanterns
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:
www.gov.mb.ca/sd/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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