As of 8:00 am July 14, the Manitoba government has increased travel and fire restrictions from the high to extreme fire danger levels.

According to the government website, there are three levels of campfire restrictions effective immediately until further notice.

Campfires are permitted anytime in approved fire pits in Colvin Lake, Nueltin Lake, Caribou River, Numaykoos Lake and Sand Lakes. 

Campfires are permitted between the hours of 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. only and must be in approved pits in the following provincial parks: Bakers Narrows, Bell Lake, Clearwater Lake, Duck Mountain, Grass River, Little Limestone Lake, North Steeprock Lake, Overflowing River, Primrose, Rocky Lake, Wekusko Falls, Whitefish Lake.

Campfires are not permitted at any time in all other provincial parks (full fire ban in effect).

Backcountry travel is banned through large swaths of the province and all provincial burn permits are cancelled as of this morning.

Camping will be restricted to developed campgrounds, campfires are either banned or restricted depending on the area, and access to cottages will only be allowed on designated roads.

Most of the hiking trails in the Whiteshell Provincial Park are closed, and a full list of trails closed across Manitoba can be found here

A large fire in northwestern Ontario at the Manitoba border is burning near Gem Lake. While there is no threat at this time, heavy smoke conditions exist in the park at times depending on wind conditions.

The smoke and haze continues to be a factor in air quality but does vary depending on wind direction and speed. 

Wildfires can be reported by calling 1-800-782-0076.


With files from the Canadian Press