A series of grass fires started along the CP main line between Moosomin and Fleming Wednesday due to sparks from a passing train. Burning bans are now in effect in several local RMs due to dry conditions.

Fire bans being instituted

August 17, 2018 11:20 am

Fire bans are in effect in the RMs of Moosomin and Martin and there is a Level 2 burning ban in effect in the RM of Wallace-Woodworth

Moosomin town council will discuss a possible fire ban at next Wednesday's council meeting.

In the RMs of Martin and Moosomin the following ban is in place It came into effect August 14 in the RM of Moosomin and midnight August 17 in the RM of Martin:

Partial Ban - No fires or fireworks. Use of CSA and UL approved applicances is permitted (incinerators, liquid fuel barbeques, camp stoves). Campfires in approved containers are permitted. Solid Fuel Barbeques and Recreational Campfires are permitted under the Partial Fire Ban providing:
1. Fires must be under constant supervision by an adult;
2. Enclosed fire pits or barbeques must be covered with a metal screen having openings no greater than 1/2" and must cover the entire opening. Logs or other fuel source must be fully contained within the enclosure. Embers and ash must be prevented from escaping the enclosure;
3. The fire pit/barbeque must be a distance of at least 20" from any grass and 10' from any combustible structure or item;
4. Be prepared and have a plan to extinguish a fire should it escape from the fire pit/barbeque.
5. Fires and embers must be extinguished completely when not under constant supervision;
6. Absolutely no burning in wind speeds above 10km/hour

In the RM of Wallace-Woodworth, a Level 2 burning ban was implemented as of Thursday, August 16.
It prohibits all open burning and yard waste burning.
Anyone who contravenes the bylaw is subject to a $1,000 fine and all the costs of having the fire department respond to the fire.