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Author:  Mihun09 [ May 12th, 2018, 6:37 am ]
Post subject:  Fire and Travel restrictions

So, I have no idea how they get these restrictions out to the general population so I will try to do it.

Travel restrictions for most of the Eastern Side of the province and if you go into the specific areas it will indicate that back country travel even by canoe is limited to developed shorelines.

This area is between Lake Winnipeg to the Ontario border, from the Wanipigow River south to the Winnipeg River.

Specific Restrictions:

Burning Permits: Existing Burning Permits are cancelled. No new burning permits will be issued until conditions improve.

Public, permanent residents, cottagers: Motorized back country travel including forestry roads, private roads and trails prohibited. No restriction for motorized access for cottagers on maintained park, municipal, or subdivision roads. Back country travel requires a travel permit.

Camping: Permitted in developed campgrounds only. Wayside parks are open. Campfires in approved pits only between hours of 8pm and 8am.

Canoes/Boating/Aircraft: Landing and launching restricted to developed shorelines only. Backcountry travel requires a travel permit.

Outfitters and Commercial Operations: Motorized back country travel prohibited. Access may be authorized under a travel permit issued at the discretion of the local Conservation Officer.

** A technicality. If you cross Wallace Lake into Atikaki there are no travel restrictions in the next northern zone yet but Wallace and Siderock are off limits as is everything south to the US border.

Author:  Neil Fitzpatrick [ May 12th, 2018, 1:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fire and Travel restrictions

A couple weeks ago, during this "Level 2 Fire and Travel Restriction", we were told we could not travel in the backcountry (Manigotagan) by Conservation in Bissett. There had been a couple fires near 304 & the Black River. Under Charles Simard's advice, we called the Pine Falls office and they allowed us to travel under permit.

A friend was just denied a permit for this weekend because of a fire near Sandy River. I checked the site and the restriction has not changed. I'm not sure if they're doing a poor job updating the site, if they aren't consistent between employees or if they are only approving travel permits based on nearby fire activity. Most likely they are only approving travel permits based on fire activity and weather.

Author:  Mihun09 [ July 21st, 2018, 5:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fire and Travel restrictions

A new fire in Atikaki of 9000 + hectares has overtaken the Gammon R at the south and the Bloodvein at the north. Presently there are no restrictions but I would be wary on either river in those sections.

Also, WCPP has a large swath of lake closed due to an outbreak of fires from lighting.

Author:  rustbucket [ July 23rd, 2018, 8:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fire and Travel restrictions

Backcountry travel bans are now officially in place for the Bird River canoe route in Nopiming and the Bloodvein River corridor. Just got back from Elbow Lake Sunday to find signs posted to this effect at the put in on Tulabi Lake. Saturday was quite hazy and you could see the smoke in the East. Didn't keep at least one group from passing us on their way down the Bird... ... item=44463.

Author:  Neil Fitzpatrick [ July 31st, 2018, 11:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fire and Travel restrictions

We were on the Berens River near Night Owl - heading upstream to travel down the Pigeon in a loop - when a friend travelling the Pigeon notified us of the fires by InReach message.

We had someone contact MB Conservation to make sure our route was okay (it was).

After only seeing a fellow myccr-er early on the Berens we did not see anyone on the rivers until one of our last nights on the Pigeon when a small fire crew of three was camped on the same bay as us. They were dropped off because a small fire broke out about 500m from where we camped (before we arrived). They were left overnight to put it out - and that they did.

Knowing people in the fire service I've always felt this but seeing them in action reinforces it: whatever they're being paid, it's not enough.

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