Restrictions have been lifted on backcountry travel and burning permits in southeast, central and western Manitoba as a result of improved weather conditions, Manitoba Conservation officials said Thursday.
However, some municipalities may continue to have burning restrictions in place. Anyone planning to participate in backcountry travel and burning is advised to check with local municipalities to find out about any possible local restrictions.
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises that 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 local emergency services at 911, or 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/.
Updated on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:06 PM CDT: Changed opening paragraph.