According to the Manitoba Wildfire Service, although some improvements have occurred in the weather conditions in the area, fire hazard levels remain high for the weekend. Travel restrictions and fire bans will be in effect.
Provincial burning permits are canceled in all provinces. New permits will also not be issued until the conditions improve.
Due to conditions in eastern Manitoba, Area 4 will be subject to travel restrictions and level 3 fire. The large area north of the Wanipigow River and east of Lake Winnipeg, to the Ontario border, includes Atikaki Provincial Park and north to Poplar River.
Only permitted backcountry travel can be done if a permit is obtained. Campfires are also not allowed, while cottage access is permitted on designated roads. Travel permits are required for remote cottages.
Areas 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 14 remain under level 2 fire and travel restrictions.
Under this level, motorized backcountry travel, including ATVs or other off-road vehicles, is strictly prohibited unless a travel permit is obtained. Camping is also only permitted in designated campgrounds. In addition, campfires can only be lit between 8 p.m. & 8 a.m.
However, wayside parks remain open, but only developed shorelines are allowed to launch and land.
Level 1 Travel Restrictions and Fire Restrictions include Area 15 and 16, where campfires can only be lit between 8 p.m. & 8 a.m.
Unless otherwise authorized by a travel permit, motorized backcountry travel (including ATVs) is strictly prohibited between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m under this level.
As for provincial parks restrictions, both the Mantario Trail and the Kwasitchewan Fall Trail are still closed. The Canoe Landing Campground, Spruce Woods Province Park, is also closed.
Campfires are allowed in provincial parks that are not within the numbered restriction zones. Only 8 a.m. Information regarding fire and travel restrictions within provincial parks is available at www.manitobaparks.com
These updated restrictions will be reflected in the Province’s Fire and Travel Restrictions Map. Before you go outdoors, confirm the restrictions in your area at:
Many municipalities have implemented burning restrictions in the past. 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 exist. Until conditions improve, wildfires in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and northwest Ontario will continue to cause smoke damage. Wind direction will play a role in this. Air quality reports are available on the Government of Canada website here.