A fire ban has been put into place within the city of Winnipeg due to ongoing and forecasted dry conditions.
The ban, which was issued by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service on Wednesday, takes effect at 6 p.m. tonight and will last until Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6 p.m.
This ban prohibits the following activities, even if a permit has previously been issued:
- Open fires
- Backyard fire pits
- Fire pits in city parks
- Use of solid fuel-burning appliances, including charcoal and wood-burning barbecues
Propane and gas barbecues and fire tables are permitted and should be used with caution.
Existing permits are suspended, and no new permits will be issued for the duration of the fire ban. Violations of this ban are subject to a $500 fine under the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.
“During times of dry and windy weather, outdoor fires can quickly become very dangerous because they can spread rapidly,” WFPS Chief John Lane said in a statement.
“Restricting recreational fires can help stop fires from spreading to nearby structures, which can put lives at risk and can damage property.”