From Sustainable Development Conservation Officer Service:
Please be aware that the back country is closed in Southern , Eastern and Western Manitoba to all motorized vehicles due to the high fire danger. In addition, boaters will be restricted to landing their boats on developed shorelines. That is, you can go boating but you can’t go ashore in a remote location or undeveloped shoreline. There is no back country camping allowed. And camp fires are restricted to the hours of 8:00 PM to 8:00 Am ( no day time burning) and must be in an approved fire pit.
Read the most current report here:
“Due to dry windy conditions and high fire dangers, all burning permits in eastern, central and parts of western Manitoba are cancelled. New permits will not be issued until conditions improve. Travel restrictions are also in place for eastern, central and parts of western Manitoba as well as the Mars Hill Wildlife Management area, and southern Manitoba parks. 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. Visitors to provincial parks should check with park staff for updated information (www.manitobaparks.com). Additional information on these restrictions is available at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Restrictions/index.htmlFire crews continue suppression work on existing wildfires in eastern Manitoba. Fire crews and water bombers are working to assist many local Fire Department personnel on fires in central Manitoba.
Please exercise caution when in or near forested areas. If using an ATV in areas where backcountry travel is permitted, please remember to stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris and carefully dispose of any debris found. A small shovel, axe, and fire extinguisher should be carried with your ATV at all times.
Open fires are prohibited from April 1 to November 15 annually, except under a burning permit or in enclosed, approved fire pits such as grated campfire pits in provincial campsites where permitted. Activities in wooded areas involving fireworks or sky lanterns may also require written authorization during this time period in certain areas.
For information on required authorization or permits, please contact your local Sustainable Development office. Municipalities often implement their own restrictions.
Please check with your local Manitoba Sustainable Development district offices and local municipal offices for information on burning bans or other restrictions.
A list of local Manitoba Sustainable Development offices is available at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/wildlife/about/who.html
Please report all wildfires to 1-800-782-0076 (TIPS / Wildfires) (Please note the TIP line is only for reporting wildfires and not for general information).
63 fires have been reported to date as follows :
REGIONActiveYear to DateArea Burned ( Ha )Northeast135Northwest343Western013Central17281854Eastern10275323TOTALS31637188 Crews and equipment engaged in today’s fire suppression activities