The wildfire danger in southern Manitoba is moderate right now.

That is according to the Manitoba Wildfire Service, which says it is mainly low for the northern half of the province.

There are 14 active wildfires currently burning in Manitoba. The Manitoba Wildfire Service says it is working with ground crews and aircraft to suppress three fires in the vicinity of Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi and St. Theresa Point. While the fire is several kilometres away, smoke may be an issue for these communities.

Of the 14 wildfires, 13 of them were caused naturally and only one was caused by humans. Three of those fires are considered to be burning out of control. The fires are all well north of here with the closest being in the Atikaki Provincial Park, which is still north of Bissett.

Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) continues to work with all local authorities and emergency management partners including the Manitoba Wildfire Service to provide guidance and support for emergency response activities. Manitoba EMO continues to work closely with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and the Canadian Red Cross in supporting ISC-led response measures with First Nation communities.

According to Manitoba Wildfire Service, with our province expecting severe thunderstorm watches and warnings in the central and northern regions, this may result in an increase in new wildfires caused by lightning.

To report a wildfire, call 911 or the TIP line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076.