POLITICS

Manitoba warns of increased wildfire risk due to dry, warm and windy conditions

04/15/2015 03:26 EDT | Updated 06/25/2015 09:59 EDT
WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is warning people that the risk of wildfires is increasing because of dry, warm and windy conditions.

As a precaution the province is banning all motorized off-road and backcountry travel between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. in parts of southeastern Manitoba.

The restrictions do not include Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship says crews have already responded to a number of serious wildfires this week.

Some municipalities have imposed burning bans and more are expected to do so in the coming days.

All burning permits issued in the eastern and central regions of the province have been cancelled due to dry conditions and high winds.