Manitoba Conservation and Climate Wildfire Service is responsible for the prevention, detection and suppression of wildfires. The program manages all human and equipment resources needed for fighting wildfires in the province. Staff monitor weather patterns, lightning strikes, soil moisture and forest conditions to determine the probability and location of wildfires.
Manitoba's Wildfire Service works in close cooperation with other forest fire fighting agencies and jurisdictions. Equipment and other resources are shared through the Canadian Inter Agency Forest Fire Centre and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.
To Report a Wildfire
*this is to report a fire not for local information
MUNICIPAL BURN BANS
The municipality may implement a burn ban when conditions are extremely dry and conditions are at high risk for out of control fires. Burn ban notices will be posted on our website, sent through CONNECT messaging, posted on the RM's social media platforms and signs erected at the entrances to our municipality. These bans can include discharge of fireworks, use of fire pits, bonfires and off-road vehicle use. You can view a map of all the current municipal burn restrictions and bans in the Province here - Municipal Burn Restrictions Map.
CROP RESIDUE BURNING
Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development has a Manitoba Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program in place. It is the farmer's responsibility to ensure that burning is conducted legally and safely, and that smoke does not cause problems. A fact sheet is available that provides more information on this program. Before you burn, call 1-800-265-1233 or check for daily authorizations online at: manitoba.ca/agriculture.
The Manitoba Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program is in place from August 1, 2022 to November 15, 2022. Based on weather conditions, start and end times for burning will be established. No permits are issued by the R.M. of St. Andrews. Any permits must be obtained from the province here - Crop Residue Burning Permit Application Form. The Municipality does request that if there are any large burns taking place, that our office be notified so we can notify the appropriate fire hall so that they are aware should a 911 call come in.
ASBESTOS AND NATURAL DISASTERS
Natural Disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes can damage asbestos-containing materials and lead to asbestos exposure among first responders, cleanup crews and nearby residents. Learn how to prevent asbestos exposure when preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster.
Check out this guide to learn more about the topics below as well as other safety tips and information on Wildfire Safety.
- How is Asbestos a Risk During a Natural Disaster
- What to Do During Wildfires
- How to Prevent Asbestos Exposure from Other Disasters
Another great source of information is this Homeowners Guide to Asbestos.
WILDFIRES AND FIRE SAFETY
More information is available on wildfires and fire safety in the section below.
CURRENT WILDFIRE INFORMATION
CURRENT WILDFIRE WEATHER INFORMATION