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Manitoba Puts Backcountry Travel Restrictions in Place

April 15, 2015 2:48 PM | News

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Dry weather conditions and rising temperatures across Manitoba has triggered to province to put backcountry travel restrictions in place.

Due to an increase fire risk in southern areas of Manitoba, combined with dry, warm and windy conditions, local fire departments and Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship crews have responded to a number of serious wildfire incidents.

Effective immediately, all motorized off-road and backcountry travel is restricted daily between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. in an area from PR 302 east to the Ontario border and the Trans-Canada Highway south to the U.S. border. The restrictions do not include the Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Manitobans are reminded that all burning permits issued in the eastern and central regions of the province have been cancelled due to dry conditions and the continued high winds forecast.

No open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15, and all current permits are cancelled until conditions improve.

— Staff