Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Burning Permits Cancelled in Northwest Manitoba

Photo Courtesy of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western CA
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises that dry, windy conditions in northwest Manitoba have led to the cancellation of all burning permits in the region north of Flin Flon and Sherridon, south to Grand Rapids, west to the Saskatchewan border and east to PTH 6.

In addition, campfires will not be allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Bakers Narrows, Wekusko Falls, Grass River and Clearwater Lake provincial parks. 

Currently, crews are working to contain fires near the communities of Cormorant and Sherridon in northern Manitoba.

A fire near Cormorant (northwest of The Pas) between Clearwater Lake and Cormorant Lake, is approximately 150 hectares and close to roads and the railway.  Water bombers are being used to address this fire.

A fire near Sherridon, located northeast of Flin Flon, is just north of the community and is approximately 500 hectares.  Water bombers were in use yesterday and remain on standby to address this fire as needed. 

Fire damaged the transmission line bringing power to the community of Sherridon, but Manitoba Hydro expects to have power restored today. 

As of this morning, six water bombers, 14 helicopters and more than 52 firefighters were working to address forest fires across Manitoba.  Heavy equipment, including bulldozers, is also being used to create firebreaks.  To date, 114 forest fires have been reported this year and 14 remain active.

No open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15.  A number of municipalities have implemented burning bans and more are expected to do so in the coming days.  Check with local municipalities for the most up-to-date information on burning bans or other fire restrictions.

Manitobans should always:
* get a burning permit where required before doing any burning,
* respect any burning bans put in place by their municipality or community,
* be careful with any off-road travel by all-terrain vehicles or other motorized vehicles and stay on developed trails, and
* report any forest or grass fires immediately.

Reporting of wildfires can be done by contacting the forest fire tip line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free). 

More information on fire prevention and the latest list of municipalities with burn bans is available at www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/.  

Up-to-date wildfire information for mobile devices can be found at www.manitoba.ca, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBGov or by calling 1-866-626-4862.

Up-to-date highway information is available at www.mb511.ca, on mobile devices at www.manitoba.ca, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads or by calling 511. 

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Related: http://www.planetinperil.ca/2015/03/only-heroic-efforts-will-spare-earths.html

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