Starting Tuesday morning, more restrictions on fires and travel will be put in place in parts of the province.
At 8 a.m., Area 4 which includes much of the area north of the Wanipigow River, east of Lake Winnipeg to the Ontario border, including Atikaki Provincial Park, and north to Poplar River, will see changes. This area is seeing a full travel ban, including to cottages. The province says permanent residents must be ready to leave on an hour’s notice.
Areas 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 continue to be under Level 3 restrictions, meaning the areas are not able to have campfires, camping is restricted to developed campgrounds and back-country travel is prohibited. All provincial burning permits are cancelled, and industry and outfitters may be restricted in their operations. Cottage access is restricted to designated roads with travel permits for remote cottages.
Areas 13, 14, and 16 will see the easing of some restrictions, including allowing campfires in approved pits between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. This takes the area to Level 2. Areas 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16 are in Level 2 restrictions. Motorized backcountry travel, including ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is prohibited unless under the authority of a travel permit and camping is restricted to developed campgrounds. Wayside parks remain open with landing and launching is restricted to developed shorelines only. Campfires are allowed between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Industry and outfitters could be restricted. Provincial burning permits are cancelled.
Area 15 is at Level 1, meaning Provincial burning permits are cancelled and Motorized back-country travel, including ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is prohibited from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise approved by a travel permit. Campfires are allowed, but only between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Fireworks and Sky Lanterns are prohibited in areas with ire and travel restrictions, including at provincial parks.