As southern Manitoba experiences extremely dry conditions, the province has issued a number of travel restrictions to prevent wildfires.
These restrictions include all provincial parks south of the 53rd parallel and the Duck Mountain Provincial forest.
The area of travel restrictions is bordered by PR 302 to PTH 12 to PR 317 to PTH 59 and PR 319 on the west, all the way to the Ontario border, and from the U.S. border north to the Dauphin River and Berens River.
In southwest Manitoba, restrictions cover the area from PTH 10 and PR 268 on the west, north to Lake Winnipegosis to PR 327 to the south shore of Cedar Lake and north shore of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipeg on the east, and south to PR 271 to Lake Winnipegosis (south shore) to Lake Manitoba (north shore) to Lake St. Martin/Dauphin River and Dauphin River to Berens River and now also includes the Duck Mountain Provincial forest.
A map of these restricted areas can be found here.
Level 2 travel restrictions include the following:
• motorized backcountry travel, including ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is prohibited unless under the authority of a travel permit
• camping is restricted to developed campgrounds
• campfires are permitted only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
• wayside parks remain open
• landing and launching is restricted to developed shorelines only
• industry and outfitters should contact local Conservation and Climate offices for more information