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MB Government: Fire Bulletin #3

Press Release

The Manitoba Wildfire Service advises that wildfire danger levels are low to moderate throughout the province. There are currently 42 fires burning in Manitoba with one new fire start in the past 24 hours.

Lower temperatures and precipitation have helped conditions in the northwest corner of the province and demobilization of crews and equipment will start this weekend.

Fire Updates

Fire WE031 (Wabowden Area)

The fire is approximately 35 hectares (ha) in area but is not an immediate threat to any community or properties.

Fire WE027 (Wekusko Area)

The fire is approximately 1,500 ha in area but is not an immediate threat to any community or properties.

Fire WE026 (Mathias Colomb Cree Nation)

Less than one kilometre east of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (MCCN), the fire is estimated to be 52,760 ha. Due to the vicinity of the wildfire, the community has been evacuated. Favourable weather conditions and progress on firefighting efforts have decreased the risk to the community and critical infrastructure.

Fire WE050 (Saskatchewan/Manitoba Border)

Estimated 2,300 ha in size, MWS it working with Saskatchewan to action this fire. There is no immediate threat to any community or properties.

The Manitoba Wildfire Service reminds Manitobans to be ‘FireSmart’. Walk around houses and remove any large fuel sources within 10 metres that could burn, such as woodpiles, spare lumber, vehicles and boats. For areas where ATV use is allowed, riders are reminded they can play a role in protecting against wildfires. Anyone using an ATV is asked to stay on developed trails, ensure the ATV has a working spark arrestor, check areas around the engine and exhaust frequently, and carefully remove and extinguish any debris from these areas. Operators are also reminded to be prepared by carrying a fire extinguisher, axe and shovel.

Many municipalities have implemented burning restrictions. Check with local municipal offices for more information or view the interactive current municipal burning restrictions at www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/burn_conditions.html. The province will not issue burning permits within or in areas bordering any municipality where municipal burning restrictions are already in place.

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.

For further information on Manitoba Wildfire Service, situation updates, restrictions and other important wildfire links go to www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire or follow the Twitter account at https://twitter.com/mbgovnews.

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

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications and Engagement: [email protected]
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-451-7109.

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