Fires & Burning

No Burning Ban In Effect

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 – FIRE BAN HAS NOW BEEN LIFTED.
 
Please be advised that the burning ban in the R.M. of St. Clements has now been lifted.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 – FIRE BAN STILL IN EFFECT.

Please be advised that the burning ban in the R.M. of St. Clements is still in effect.  Late yesterday afternoon the East Selkirk Fire Department responded to a large grass fire.  This fire was started by a spark from a riding lawn mower.  The fire started moving towards homes and threatening our members who therefore had to protect themselves in SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) gear.   This incident supports the decision to continue the fire ban as the conditions remain too dry.

We will be allowing bonfires. Any fire started in and contained within a fire pit or solid fuel burning appliance is permitted.

A reminder that transfer stations will not be accepting clean burnables while the burn ban is in effect. If you don’t want to wait for the burning ban to be lifted, Libau landfill will accept your burnables for a fee and will bury them, not burn them.

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 – FIRE BAN STILL IN EFFECT.

Please be advised that the burning ban in the R.M. of St. Clements is still in effect. Although we experienced powerful weather over the weekend which included very high winds, we did not receive as much rain as hoped for. And there is no rain in the upcoming forecast.

We will be allowing bonfires. Any fire started in and contained within a fire pit or solid fuel burning appliance is permitted.

A reminder that transfer stations will not be accepting clean burnables while the burn ban is in effect. If you don’t want to wait for the burning ban to be lifted, Libau landfill will accept your burnables for a fee and will bury them, not burn them.

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019 – FIRE BAN STILL IN EFFECT.

Please be advised that the burning ban in the R.M. of St. Clements is still in effect. Although it may seem as though we have received a large volume of rain over the weekend there are still parts of the RM that remain dangerously dry.

However, we will be allowing bonfires. Any fire started in, and remains contained within, a fire pit or solid fuel burning appliance is permitted.

Transfer stations will not be accepting clean burnables while the burn ban is in effect. If you don’t want to wait for the burning ban to be lifted, Libau landfill will accept your burnables for a fee and will bury them, not burn them.

You can view a map of burning bans in Manitoba below and at this address https://www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/burn_conditions.html.

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 – FIRE BAN STILL IN EFFECT.

After consultation with Environment Canada and local Fire Chiefs the fire ban will remain in effect for all of the RM of St. Clements. Although we did receive some rain in the past few days there is still not enough moisture to lower the current fire risk.

Transfer stations will not be accepting clean burnables while the burn ban is in effect.  If you don’t want to wait for the burning ban to be lifted, Libau landfill will accept your burnables for a fee and will bury them, not burn them.

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019 – The Burn Ban in the RM of St. Clements is in effect.
Due to the extremely dry conditions, high winds, and lack of precipitation the burn ban in the RM is back on. The burn ban will remain in effect until there is a significant amount of precipitation.

This spring there has been a lack of precipitation compared to other years. The small amount of rain and snow we have received have not been enough to penetrate the soil and start to green up the grass and brush. The high winds we are experiencing are drying out the grass and brush, and increasing the risk of wild land fires.

During a burning ban, transfer stations will not accept burnable material. If you don’t want to wait for the burning ban to be lifted, Libau landfill will accept your burnables for a fee and will bury them, not burn them.

Download our Burning Bylaw here.

Outdoor fires in the RM of St. Clements are regulated by By-Law No. 5-2012. This by-law includes all outdoor fires including fire pits and the burning of crop residue, grass, stubble and debris.

Fires not following this by-law may result in a fine to the property owner or person setting the fire. If fire fighters have to extinguish the fire, the cost of this may be charge to the person who started the fire.

About Burning Bans

From time to time, when conditions are very dry and there is a high risk of wild fires, the RM will call for a burning ban until conditions change.  When a burning ban is in effect, no outdoor fires are allowed including fires contained in fire pits and solid fuel burning appliances. Use of fireworks is also prohibited.

During a burning ban, transfer stations will not accept burnable material. If you don’t want to wait for the burning ban to be lifted, Libau landfill will accept your burnables for a fee and will bury them, not burn them.

Fire Pit Safety Guidelines

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Approved fire pit

The fire pit or outdoor solid fuel appliance should:

  • Be enclosed on all sides and constructed of masonry, concrete, heavy gauge metal or other non combustible materials
  • Be covered with a non-combustible grate or mesh
  • If it has a chimney, have mesh or a spark arrester installed
  • Be located on a flat, level and noncombustible base and clear of overhangs, such as roofs, tree branches, or utility wires
  • Have a minimum clearance of 3 metres or 10 feet from any structures or combustibles (ie, fences, trees, hydro poles) and property lines
  • When in use, be attended by a responsible adult until the fire has been fully extinguished

General Burning rules

  • Fires are not permitted under severe wind conditions or when atmosphere or local circumstances make such fires a hazard
  • Fires cannot be used to burn garbage, rubbish, previously painted or treated wood and any fuel which , when burned, may result in dense smoke or offensive odors.
  • A means of extinguishing should be onsite such a s a portable fire extinguisher or garden hose
  • Smoke from outdoor fire pits and outdoor solid fuel burning appliance shall not impact on neighbouring properties by releasing offensive odours that are annoying, unpleasant, or a nuisance
  • All fires must be limited in size so the available fire fighting resources at hand may easily control them

Crop residue burning, land clearing and grass burning

  • All burning must follow the conditions of The Wildfires Act and the Manitoba Crop Residue Burning Regulation – MR-77/93
  • Fire must be supervised by the owner or occupier of the land
  • The owner must take sufficient precautions to protect persons and the property of others from fire
  • All precautions must be taken to ensure the fire can be kept under control and weather condition s are favourable to burning
  • If clearing stubble or debris,  the fire must be completely surrounded by a fire guard:
    • a strip of land free of flammable material, of sufficient width to control the fire
    • by natural or man-made barriers, water or a combination of these
  • The smoke must not pose an unreasonable hazard to the health of any person or reduce visibility on roads
  • Sufficient water supply based on fire size must be available

Grass Burning Myths and Facts

Burning grass is a tradition, almost a rite of spring. However, the reasons for spring grass burning are largely unfounded and rather than being beneficial, grass burning can be destructive and dangerous.

1) Myth: It’s safe to burn grass when there is still some snow on the ground.Snow and grass fire

Fact: Within hours of snow melting, dead grass becomes flammable; especially if there have been drying winds. Grass fires burn hot and fast and spread quickly around and over snow patches.

2) Myth: Spring grass burning controls weeds.

Fact: Weeds deposited their seeds into the soil last fall. Burning creates an ideal bare soil for the seeds to germinate.

3) Myth: Burning improves the new grass cNew grass from burnrop.

Fact: Burning actually reduces grass yield by up to 70 percent.

4) Myth: Burning makes the new grass come in greener.

Fact: It just appears greener due to the contrast against the bare, blackened ground. In fact, the new grass will be the same colour whether burning took place or not.

5) Myth: I can burn grass without threatening any animals.Nest

Fact: Burning destroys the homes of species you don’t normally see such as mice and voles as well as the nests and eggs of certain birds. If the fire gets out of control, larger animals can be caught by the flames and many species will lose habitat crucial to their survival

6) Myth: Lost habitat will grow back in a few months and the wildlife will retur.

Fact: It may take several years to replace what was lost. Vegetation is often multilayered with higher growth protecting the undergrowth. Different species depend on different layers for food and shelter. Loss of the lower layer and its occupants will impact species that prey upon those lost species.

7) Myth: Spring burning is an easy way to get rid of last year’s vegetation.

Fact: Easy perhaps, but not good for the soil. Burning results in most of the old plants’ nutrients going up in smoke or remaining in ash that is washed away. Burning also releasing Co2 into the atmosphere and ultimately contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Plowing old plants under, or allowing them to decompose, allows carbon and fertilizing elements to go back into the soil.

RM of St. Clements Fire Truck9) Myth: It’s pretty safe to burn grass in the RM of St. Clements. We have great fire departments.

Fact: Under The Wildfires Act and the RM of St. Clements By-Law 5-2012, if you light a fire, you are responsible for it. If your fire gets out of control you may be liable for the cost of fighting the fire, the destruction of others’ property, and face penalties for violating burning regulations.