Manitoba Conservation and Climate reports the current risk of wildfire is high across southern and central regions of the province. As a wildfire prevention measure, all provincial burn permits issued under The Wildfires Act within the burning permit area are suspended immediately and no other permits will be issued until further notice.
There are multiple wildfires burning near the Northern Affairs community of Camperville and Pine Creek First Nation (PCFN). Camperville is located approximately 420 kilometres (km) northwest of Winnipeg and 87 km east of Swan River. PCFN is located north of Camperville. The Canadian Red Cross assisted the PCFN with the evacuation of about 100 people. Most will be returning to the community today. Human-caused wildfires have been reported in several other areas of the province as well.
In order to reduce the risk of fire and the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for front-line firefighters, the province is asking the public to be particularly cautious when outdoors to prevent human-caused wildfires. Protecting front-line firefighters and support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority to ensure they remain healthy and available to respond to wildfires during the upcoming season.
The latest information on municipal burn restrictions can be found at www.manitoba.ca/wildfire. Where there is a conflict, consult with a local Manitoba Conservation and Climate office or municipal authority for clarification.
The public is reminded to never leave an outdoor fire unattended and always extinguish it before leaving. Anyone using an ATV should stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris, and carefully dispose of any debris caught in equipment. A small shovel, axe and fire extinguisher should be carried on ATVs at all times.
The Manitoba Wildfire Service and the Office of the Fire Commissioner also requests the public’s assistance to support these prevention measures, and to report any wildfires or suspicious activity by calling 911 or the T.I.P. line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076 immediately.