By Brian Schultz
Recent precipitation in the northwest area of the province has caused Manitoba Conservation to loosen their grip on providing burning permits in the area.
No new permits will be issued in other regions until current weather conditions change to allow safe burning conditions. Winds can push flames at a rapid pace, igniting large areas of land and spreading to forests.
Permits are required for any burning, including crop residue, within the burning permit areas between April 1 and November 15 of each year.
Open fires are prohibited from April 1 to November 15 annually, except under a burning permit or in enclosed approved fire pits.
The City of Winnipeg issued a similar ban a few weeks ago on open air burning until further notice.
Meanwhile, grass and bush fires continue to keep firefighters busy in and around Winnipeg.