Travel restrictions imposed due to wildfire concerns

Extremely dry conditions in parts of Manitoba have led to further restrictions being imposed by the province.

Extremely dry conditions in parts of Manitoba have led to further restrictions being imposed by the province.

Earlier this week, provincial officials ordered a campfire ban in provincial parks in the eastern region.

Now, the province has issued travel restrictions for the area.

"These precautions are necessary to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires," stated a news release from Manitoba Conservation.

Gary Frieson, Manitoba's fire program manager, said it's getting drier every day and the restrictions are also about people's safety.

"You know if you have people in the back country, you don't know where they are, and if you do have a great big fire that does occur during this time of year or when conditions are like this,  it would come down to safety as well," Frieson said.

Under the travel restrictions:

  • Backcountry travel, including all-terrain vehicles, are not permitted.
  • Canoeing and boating is restricted to developed shorelines.
  • Camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds.
  • Aircraft will only be permitted to use lakes with developed shorelines or docks.

The eastern region includes the areas from the Manitoba border in the south to Bissett and Hollow Water in the north, and east of La Broquerie, Richer and the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation and along the eastern edge of Lake Winnipeg to the Ontario border.

That includes all Whiteshell provincial parks, the North-West Angle Provincial Forest and Sandilands Provincial Forest.

All burning permits already issued have been cancelled and new ones will not be issued. All forest, mining and quarry operations are only allowed to operate between 8 p.m. until noon the next day.

Fires can be reported to Manitoba Conservation by calling toll-free 1-800-782-0076.