As spring arrives, The Manitoba Wildfire Service (MWS) advises widespread dry conditions may lead to a higher wildfire danger across the province and a risk of grass and brush fires in open areas as snow melts. 

MWS says the forecast for the next few weeks is primarily dry. Continued dry conditions can cause deeper burning fires that require more suppression to extinguish. 

Conditions will be watched over the next few weeks by the MWS, and fire danger levels will be calculated when forested areas are snow-free.

Most spring fires are caused by human activity, as matted grass and dry dead vegetation can be easily ignited. This can lead to fast-moving wildfires, especially on windy days. No burn or travel restrictions are currently in place, but Manitobans are reminded to avoid wildfire areas and watch for road and trail closures or detour signs. Where backcountry travel is permitted,  

The government is asking ATV operators to stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check around the engine and exhaust for debris, and carefully dispose of any debris found. Operators should be prepared and carry a fire extinguisher, axe and shovel to extinguish a small fire.

The province notes that burning permits are required for outdoor fires set within the burn permit area from April 1 to November 15 annually.

Permits are available at provincial district offices. Provincial burn permits issued under the Wildfires Act may be cancelled or restricted on short notice if fire danger conditions warrant.

The province will not issue burning permits for areas where municipalities have implemented burning restrictions. To check for municipal burning restrictions, visit

Contact a local municipality or Manitoba Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources office for more information. Burn permit holders should check weather conditions, have adequate suppression equipment and ensure proper fuel breaks are in place before burning. Never leave an outdoor fire unattended; always extinguish it before leaving, and exercise caution around forested areas.