Posted on: June 3, 2020 | Safety Alerts
Forest fire season is upon us. Our fellow cottagers at Long Lake report that a fire caused by lighting was started in that area on June 1. Water bombers have been seen in the area. As of June 3, the fire status report https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Status/2020/EA-036-firestatus.html shows the fire is still out of control.
Here are some fire resources for cottagers.
To Report a Wildfire call 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free)
Fire and travel restriction information is available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Restrictions/index.html . Currently, burning permits are cancelled in the Whiteshell area. The safety message for the Whiteshell currently says:
Exercise caution when outdoors.
Monitor extinguished outdoor fires to ensure they remain out. Always ensure your fires, including campfires and warming fires, are completely out. Drown, stir and repeat until cold.
Prevent equipment caused wildfires: Keep machinery clean and in good repair. Avoid driving/parking in long cured grass.
The province provides a fireview map which shows the status of all fires in Manitoba https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Maps/fireview/fireview.html
There is also a Natural Resources Canada interactive map which shows fire danger status as well as the location of fires and hotspots https://cwfis.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/interactive-map
The province provides Firesmart information at https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Prevention/prevention.html This site contains information about how to protect your property from wildfire.