Burn permits cancelled in eastern, northern Manitoba; residents warned about smoke
Provincial officials said fires are permitted at camp grounds but only in designated, enclosed fire pits. (file image)
Published Friday, July 13, 2012 1:11PM CST
Last Updated Friday, July 13, 2012 5:16PM CST
Manitoba Conservation has canceled any burning permits in eastern and northern Manitoba after wildfires sparked in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Dry conditions and high temperatures have forced provincial officials to cancel existing burn permits and not issue any more.
Manitoba Conservation typically issues permits for crop burns between April1 and Nov. 15, but this year the risk of grass and wildfires is too high, they said.
Officials are also cautioning hunters, fishers and travelers to be careful around any potential fire sources until conditions in the province change.
Manitoba Conservation is also asking people driving ATVs or other vehicles to stay on developed trails and frequently stop to check their engines and exhausts for debris.
Despite the dangerous conditions, campfires are still permitted in designated, enclosed pits, officials said.
Meanwhile, Environment Canada is warning residents in several northern Manitoba communities about widespread smoke in the area. Flin Flon and The Pas are expected to see smoke in their communities from fires in northwestern Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Manitoba Health is advising anyone who may be at higher risk – like the very young or old or something with a heart or lung condition – to avoid strenuous activity in smoky conditions.
If smoke is thick in some areas, Manitoba Health advises everyone to avoid strenuous or outdoor physical activity.
Environment Canada officials said a large number of areas across the Prairies are seeing smoky conditions and poor air quality.
Manitobans with questions or concerns can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.