Rain this week was not enough to lift fire and travel restrictions in many parts of the province.
Level 2 Fire and Travel Restrictions remain in place for Areas 1 and 2, which includes everything east of Provincial Road 302. Those restrictions are as follows:
- Motorized backcountry travel, including ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is prohibited unless under the authority of a travel permit.
- Camping is restricted to developed campgrounds.
- Campfires are permitted only between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am.
- Wayside parks remain open.
- Landing and launching is restricted to developed shorelines only.
- Industry and outfitters may be restricted in their operations and should contact their local Manitoba Conservation and Climate office for more information.
The Mantario Trail in the Whiteshell remains closed.
All provincial burning permits remain cancelled provincewide and new permits will not be issued until conditions improve.
Use of fireworks and sky lanterns is prohibited in provincial parks at all times.
Many municipalities have already proactively implemented burning restrictions. In the southeast, restrictions include:
- RM of La Broquerie has a Level 2 fire ban in place. As a result, no open or field fires are permitted. Approved fire pits only.
- RM of Ste. Anne has a Level 3 burn ban in place. As a result, only enclosed fires in approved fire pits are permitted. No open fires.
- RM of Tache has a Level 2 fire restriction in place. No open air fires are permitted within the RM.
- RM of Ritchot has a level 2 fire ban in place. Fires may be had in approved receptacles, but no open air fires are allowed.
- RM of De Salaberry has a burn ban in place.
- Municipality of Emerson-Franklin has a burn ban in place.
- RM of Stuartburn has a Level 2 burn ban in place. As a result, fires are only allowed in approved fire pits, burn containers and solid fuel burning appliances.
- RM of Piney has a complete burn ban in place.
After a few days of unsettled weather, Environment Canada is calling for things to heat up again this weekend, with highs in the mid-30s by Sunday.
Wildfires across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northwest Ontario will continue to bring smoke into all parts of the province until conditions improve. This will be dependent on wind direction.