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July 14, 2021

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service issues an open-air fire ban for Winnipeg

Released: 2:16 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Effective today, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 6 p.m., the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) has issued a fire ban for the city of Winnipeg, until Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6 p.m., due to current and forecasted dry conditions.

This ban prohibits all residents from engaging in the following activities, even if a permit has previously been issued:

  • Open fires
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Fireworks
  • Fire pits in City parks
  • Use of solid fuel-burning appliances, including charcoal and wood-burning barbecues

Propane and gas barbecues and fire tables are permitted and should be used with caution.

Existing permits are suspended, and no new permits will be issued for the duration of the fire ban. Violations of this ban are subject to a $500 fine under the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.

“During times of dry and windy weather, outdoor fires can quickly become very dangerous because they can spread rapidly,” says Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane. “Restricting recreational fires can help stop fires from spreading to nearby structures, which can put lives at risk and can damage property.”

Residents are reminded to call 911 if they see a fire. To report restricted activities during a fire ban, residents are asked to contact 311.

More information is available at winnipeg.ca/firebans.

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