Fires have been burning dangerously close to farm lands and residents in the RMs of Stuartburn and Piney for the past three
Wildfires take an enormous amount of resources to monitor and control, not to mention the strain they put on communities.
There is a complete burn ban in effect in both the RMs of Piney and Stuartburn, and travel restrictions in the RM of Piney. This means that there should be absolutely no open fires, and vehicles should stay off the backroads.
It’s important to do your part in protecting lands and residents from the threat of
fire. Manitoba Wildfire Information suggests these tips for preventing wildfires:
- Avoid setting fires on days of low humidity, gusting winds and high temperatures.
- Pay attention to burn bans and fire ratings, and know the laws related to burn permits!
- Keep fire pits and burn barrels away from homes, trees and dry bushes. ONLY burn in designated areas! (Note: as of April 30, 2018 there is a COMPLETE BURN BAN)
- Keep constant supervision over your fire and make sure it is fully extinguished.
- Don’t throw cigarettes out of your car windows!
- Be a smart ATV or dirt bike rider – their exhaust systems can ignite fires.
- Check all farm and lawn equipment to ensure spark arrestors are working properly.
- Make sure chimneys and fireplaces meet regulations and building codes.
- NEVER set off fireworks without a permit.
- Report wildfires immediately!
Emergency Measures Organization says that residents in areas of high risk should be ready for an evacuation of at least 72 hours. If you are a resident, here’s how you can prepare to evacuate:
- Know your all of your family members’ unique needs (medical or otherwise).
- Be ready to evacuate any pets.
- Make plans and have necessities ready to take with you.
For more information you can visit the RM offices in Vita or Vassar
You can also visit visit: www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/
For updates, watch @rmofstuartburn and @rmofpiney on Facebook.
RM of Piney Newsletter, May 2018
“Fire Prevention Tips”, www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/;
“72 Hours of Preparedness”, Emergency Measures Organization