Manitoba Wildfire Service is implementing measures to mitigate the wildfire risk in the southeast.
In response to the elevated fire danger in the southeastern part of the province, the Manitoba Wildfire Service has announced the implementation of Level 1 Fire & Travel restrictions, effective from 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023. These measures are aimed at curbing the potential for wildfires in the region.
The restricted area includes the region east of Provincial Road 302, south of Trans-Canada Highway 1, west of the Ontario border, and north of the U.S. border. The restricted area includes Moose Lake, Birch Point, Marchand, and Woodridge Provincial Parks, while Whiteshell Provincial Park remains unaffected.
Motorized backcountry travel, including the use of ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is prohibited between the hours of noon and 7:00 p.m. Exceptions to this restriction are made for motorized backcountry travel aimed at accessing remote cottages via forestry roads, private roads, or trails. Individuals travelling during the designated hours must obtain a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Northern Development.
While Level 1 restrictions are in place, wayside parks will remain open to the public, allowing visitors to enjoy recreational activities within designated areas.
All provincial burn permits issued under The Wildfires Act in the Eastern and Interlake regions have been canceled. The issuance of new burn permits will be suspended until fire danger conditions improve.
By implementing these restrictions and cancellations, the Manitoba Wildfire Service aims to minimize the risk of wildfires.
For the latest updates and additional information, you can visit the official website at www.manitoba.ca/wildfire or contact the Manitoba Wildfire Service directly.