Manitoba Cancels Burn Permits Due to Dry Conditions

By David Klassen

Dry conditions has forced the province to cancel all burning permits in western, central and eastern parts of Manitoba.

No new burning permits will be issued until significant rainfall occurs in these areas. At the same time, officials are working to contain fires near Souris, Dominion City and St. Laurent, where water bombers are supporting ground crews.

The Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner reports up to 30 fire departments, dozens of firefighters and water bombers were involved in battling three wildfires in the last 24 hours. There are no injuries, evacuations or losses of property reported at this time as crews have been successful in containing fires. However, dry, windy conditions today will challenge fire control lines.

The cause of these wildfires remains under investigation at this time.

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