Open-air fire ban extended as extreme dry conditions persist in Winnipeg

The City of Winnipeg is extending a fire ban prohibiting open fires, backyard fire pits, and fireworks within city limits.

Extremely dry weather conditions led the city to enact a two-week ban on open-air fires on July 14. On Wednesday the ban was extended until Aug. 11.

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Under the ban, the use of fire pits at city parks is also prohibited and solid fuel-burning appliances, like charcoal and wood-burning barbecues, are also banned.

The city says the move also means existing permits are suspended and no new permits will be issued during the duration of the ban.

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Those caught violating the ban can face a $500 fine under city bylaws.

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While propane and gas barbecues, fire tables, as well as household smokers and barbecues that use pellets are permitted, the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service is urging caution.

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“Conditions in Winnipeg are extremely dry and there is little precipitation in the forecast. Residents must exercise caution to prevent wildland and grass fires,” the city said in a release.

The city also says burning yard waste, garbage or scrap material is prohibited within city limits.

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