The province has extended its burn ban to cover western and northwest parts of the province Tuesday, extending the ban that was issued for eastern and central areas on Monday. The dry sunny weather this month has left ground conditions very dry, and the risk of fires is growing with each sunny day. (see CBC story) Grass fires have been reported over parts of southern and eastern Manitoba, and the situation could get worse if high winds develop.
The City of Winnipeg has also issued a burn ban. Winnipeg fire officials said they are suspending open-air burning within city limits until further notice due to an "extremely high potential for fires to burn out of control." The city said it would not issue any permits for landowners to conduct burning on their properties. Officials promised to take legal action if anyone ignores the suspension. People using backyard fire pits are not affected by the city's edict, but are urged to use caution.
The prospects for rain are minimal across Manitoba into the weekend with no major weather systems expected to affect the province. There is a chance of some scattered showers or flurries over western and central areas over the weekend, but amounts are not excepted to be significant. The overall weather pattern looks dry through the end of the month which is not unusual for April since ground moisture and atmospheric humidity are quite low before vegetation starts leafing up in May.