Posted on: August 6, 2021 | Safety Alerts
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 and some increased restrictions are required. These changes to fire and travel restrictions are being implemented, effective immediately.
All provincial burning permits remain cancelled provincewide and new permits will not be issued until conditions improve.
The Whiteshell area has the following level 2 fire and travel restrictions:
• 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.
Restrictions in Provincial Parks
The Mantario Trail and the Kwasitchewan Falls Trail are closed, along with all trails at Grand Beach Provincial Park. The Canoe Landing Campground in Spruce Woods Provincial Park remains closed.
Several provincial parks outside of the numbered restriction areas have campfire restrictions implemented. This will apply where the surrounding or neighboring municipality already has a burning restriction in effect. 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. Please 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.