Manitoba issues latest fire bulletin ahead of long weekend IG News

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While Manitoba’s wildfire risk remains low, the province says people should remain vigilant over the long weekend as temperatures rise.

The Manitoba Wildfire Service released an updated fire bulletin on Thursday. It added that there are 11 active wildfires currently burning in Manitoba. Ground crews and aircraft have been brought in to extinguish the fire on the territory of the Norway House Cree Nation and Pimmikmak Cree Nation.

The province also notes due to drought conditions, campfires at Lunder Beach Provincial Park will only be permitted in approved pits and will be limited to developed areas between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Restrictions will remain in force in the provincial park until further notice.

Manitobans are also reminded to avoid wildfire areas and to look for road closures or detour signs.

Those operating ATVs in those areas are asked to stay on developed tests, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris, and dispose of any debris carefully.

They are also reminded to carry a fire extinguisher, ax and shovel.

A provincial burning permit is required for outdoor fires lit within a burn permit area from April 1 to November 15 annually. However, burn permits may be revoked or restricted at short notice if fire hazard conditions require.

The province noted that it will not issue permits to burn in areas where municipalities have already implemented bans on burning.

Burn permit holders are reminded to check weather conditions, have adequate suppression equipment and ensure proper fuel breaks before burning.