The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) is reminding Manitobans to be vigilant as overall conditions remain extremely dry and communities across the province have experienced several human-caused wildfires this season.

Fire departments throughout Manitoba are seeing a notable increase of human-caused wildfires this season, requiring significant resources to protect homes and communities. Wildfires can spread quickly in open areas, often due to windy conditions, as matted grass and dry, dead vegetation can easily ignite.

Despite recent wet conditions, Manitobans are reminded to help reduce the risk of wildfires by avoiding burning on windy days, using burn barrels in dry areas and never leaving a fire unattended.

Additionally, every Manitoban plays a part in reducing the risk of wildfires and removing hazards that put people, pets, wildlife, homes and properties at risk by taking action such as:

  • clearing leaves, pine needles and combustible debris from roofs and gutters;
  • removing combustible debris or items stored under decks and porches;
  • pruning low-hanging tree branches up to a height of two metres;
  • disposing properly of smoking materials using a deep, wide, sturdy metal container with a lid, partially filled with sand or water. Never use a plant pot, peat moss or vegetable garden to dispose of smoking materials or ash;
  • exercising caution when operating an ATV as sparks from tailpipes can ignite a fire in dry grass areas, staying on developed trails wherever possible and carrying a fire extinguisher; and
  • never leaving an outdoor fire unattended, always extinguishing it before leaving the area and exercising caution around forested areas.

For Manitoba Wildfire Service situation updates, restrictions and other important wildfire links, visit To report a wildfire, call 911 or the TIP line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076.

Manitobans are reminded to check municipal burning restrictions by visiting: