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Fires now allowed in northern provincial parks, backyard fire pits in Thompson during certain hours

Backyard fire pit use and campfires are now allowed at certain times in Thompson and Paint Lake Provincial Park.
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Manitoba Conservation and Climate eased restrictions July 19 in area 13, which includes Paint Lake Provincial Park, to allow campfires on designated pits between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Backyard fire pit use and campfires are now allowed at certain times in Thompson and Paint Lake Provincial Park.

On July 19, Conservation and Climate eased restrictions in area 13, which also includes Snow Lake, Flin Flon, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Wabowden and part of Grass River Provincial Park, to allow campfires between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

On July 22, the City of Thompson said that the fire chief had eased restrictions on burning in backyard fire pits, which can now be used between 6 p.m. and midnight.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a special air quality statement for the Thompson area due to smoke from forest fires in Manitoba and northeastern Saskatchewan, which should begin clearing out Friday as the wind direction shifts.

There were 138 wildfires burning in Manitoba as of July 20, close to half of them in the northern wildfire region, and 30 were classified as out of control.

Many fires, including more than 15 that are classified as out of control, are burning in the northwestern section of Manitoba, north of The Pas and west of Thompson.