The wildfire danger is still low in Manitoba, but that is not stopping our province from offering a few reminders.
The Manitoba Wildfire Service says the wildfire danger across southern Manitoba remains low to moderate, while wildfire danger in northern Manitoba remains low, with some areas still covered by snow. Municipalities and the Manitoba Wildfire Service are starting to see some fires across the south and central regions, but at this point, they have been human caused.
There are no current restrictions in place. However, Manitobans are reminded to avoid wildfire areas and watch for road closure or detour signs. When using an ATV in areas where backcountry travel is permitted, ATV operators are asked to stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris and carefully dispose of any debris found. Operators are also reminded to be prepared by carrying a fire extinguisher, axe and shovel.
Provincial burning permits are required for outdoor fires set within the Burn Permit Area from April 1 to November 15 annually. Provincial burn permits issued under the Wildfires Act may be cancelled or restricted at short notice if fire danger conditions require. The province will not issue burning permits for areas where municipalities have already implemented burning restrictions.
The public is reminded to contact a local municipality or the local Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development office for more information. Burn permit holders are reminded to check weather conditions, have adequate suppression equipment and ensure proper fuel breaks are in place before burning. Never leave an outdoor fire unattended and always extinguish it before leaving, exercise caution when in or near forested areas.
The Manitoba Wildfire Service is recommending that as part of a spring cleaning routine, you should take some time to prune any branches within two metres of the ground and remove any flammable debris that may have fallen from trees. This will help keep surface fires more confined, limiting the heights flames can reach.
To report a wildfire, call 911 or the TIP line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076.