No backyard fire pits, fireworks and more under Winnipeg’s fire ban

Backyard fire pits are banned in Winnipeg due to dry conditions. Getty Images / File

Extremely dry weather conditions have led to a fire ban in the city of Winnipeg until July 28, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) announced Wednesday.

The ban means no one — even if they’ve already been issued a permit — can engage in open fires, backyard fire pits, fireworks, or fire pits in city parks.

Solid fuel-burning appliances, like charcoal and wood-burning barbecues, are also banned.

While propane and gas barbecues are allowed, the WFPS is urging caution.

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“During times of dry and windy weather, outdoor fires can quickly become very dangerous because they can spread rapidly,” said WFPS Chief John Lane.

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“Restricting recreational fires can help stop fires from spreading to nearby structures, which can put lives at risk and can damage property.”

Anyone caught violating the ban can be fined $500 under the Neighbourhood Liveability by-law.

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