Campfire, backcountry travel ban in effect for much of the province as of July 14 due to fire danger

Campfires and unauthorized backcountry travel, including to remote cottages, will be prohibited in much of Manitoba as of July 14 due to continued high to extreme fire danger levels around the province.

The fire ban includes those in firepits at provincial parks and camping is restricted to developed campgrounds only.

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There were 86 fires burning in the province as of July 12, 12 of which were categorized as out of control. The northern fire region had the most fires on Monday, with 38, while the western region, which includes the area around The Pas and Flin Flon and Grass River Provincial Park, has eight fires listed as out-of-control as of Tuesday afternoon.

More than 50 fires were burning from Grand Rapids north as of 6 p.m. July 13, including 16 marked as out of control on the provincial government’s fire map. Sixteen fires started in the northern region on July 12, none of them caused by people.

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