June 1, 2018
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 80 firefighters and two water bombers from Quebec are still assisting provincial efforts. Travel restrictions in the Duck Mountains have now been lifted, meaning there are no backcountry travel restrictions anywhere in the province. Open campfire restrictions have also been lifted, but be sure to check local conditions and watch for updates in the campground office of provincial parks.
Fire crews continue to work on the fire between Little Grand Rapids First Nation and Pauingassi First Nation, which covers over25,000 hectares andis about four kilometers from Pauingassi. Recent rain has helped the efforts but the fire is still not under control. Power remains out to the area, and the evacuation order is still 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.
No new fires started yesterday and the total number of fires in Manitoba to date is 206, well above the 20-year average of 121 for this date.
A list of parks with campfire restrictions can be found at 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.htmlfor more information.
For additional information on these restrictions, contact the nearest Manitoba Sustainable Development office. To report a wildfire, call 911 or the T.I.P. line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076.
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