IMPORTANT UPDATE: Previously this article stated that the fire ban was eased in various municipalities. This information came from Sustainable Development Manitoba. I appears their information is incorrect. The fire ban remains in place in the RM of Alexander. Contact your municipality to find out the status of fire bans as they pertain to you.
Manitoba Fire Bulletin #9
Recent rain and improving weather conditions have allowed the province to lift travel restrictions in the eastern, central and western regions of the province with the exception of the Duck Mountains. Motorized backcountry travel is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., and campfires are only allowed between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. in the Duck Mountains. Provincial resources including Manitoba Sustainable Development, Emergency Measures Organization and the Office of the Fire Commissioner continue to work on a number of fires around the province. Ontario has provided 120 firefighters and Quebec has sent four water bombers.
Fire crews continue to work on the fire between the Little Grand Rapids First Nation and the Pauingassi First Nation, which covers over 25,000 hectares and is about four kilometres from Pauingassi. Some light rain has fallen on the area, which has helped the efforts but the fire is still not under control. Crews have now completed the work of setting up sprinklers to protect homes at both the Little Grand Rapids First Nation and the Pauingassi First Nation. Power remains out to the area and the evacuation order remains in effect for both communities.
The fires near the community of Ashern are considered under control, with crews remaining in the area to monitor and address a few hot spots.
Recent rain and high humidity assisted suppression efforts on fires near the community of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation but the community remains evacuated.
One new fire started yesterday and the total number of fires in Manitoba to date is 186, well above the 20-year average of 114 for this date.
A list of parks with campfire restrictions can be found at http://www.manitobaparks.com. Visitors to provincial parks should check with park staff for the most up-to-date information.
A map of the areas affected and a detailed description of the provincial fire and travel restrictions can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Restrictions/index.html. Local municipalities may also implement burning bans or fire restrictions. Check with local municipal offices or visit www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/burn_conditions.html for more information.