Municipality institutes fire ban - today!

Snowfall this winter has been light, leaving southwestern Manitoba high and dry. Pipestone municipality is proactively banning burning.

It was a warm winter (except for a couple of very cold weeks in February), and March has had some very spring-like days. The first day of spring is right around the corner bringing the temperature up to 15 degrees Saturday.

article continues below

Effective today, Friday, March 19, 2021, agricultural burning is not allowed.

A notice on the RM of Pipestone’s web sites advises residents not to burn.

“Violation of this burning ban may result in a minimum $500 fine.” It could get more expensive as all costs of the fire department having to extinguish a fire would be added to the fine.

For homeowners, you can, apparently hold a wiener roast and enjoy a fire in your back yard, but tend it carefully.

The notices says: “All fires contained to a fire pit are permitted but must be attended at all times. Please exercise caution!”

© Virden Empire-Advance