Manitoba Wildfire Service

The Manitoba Wildfire Service is responsible for the prevention, detection and suppression, of wildfires in areas of provincial responsibility. The Wildfire Service manages all human and equipment resources needed for fighting wildfires in these areas. Staff monitor weather patterns, lightning strikes, soil moisture and forest conditions to determine the probability and location of wildfires.

The Manitoba Wildfire Service works in close cooperation with other forest fire fighting agencies, jurisdictions, municipalities and other local authorities. Equipment and other resources are shared through the Canadian Inter Agency Forest Fire Centre and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.

Our Mandate

As the primary wildland fire management agency, The Manitoba Wildfire Service (MWS) protects the lives, property and other values at risk from wildfire, while also ensuring sustainable, healthy and resilient ecosystems are maintained.

Our Mission

Provide wildland fire management services that ensure safe, healthy and resilient communities and eco systems.

Our Vision

A wildfire Service that is respected for its professionalism, efficiency and quality of service.

Strategic Priorities

  • Professional, skilled and diverse staff who strive for a culture of excellence.
  • Enhance prevention and mitigation activities and develop effective partnerships
  • Pursue wildfire management best practices, embrace technology and deliver high quality services in cost effective manner.

Suppression Priorities

  • Life,
  • Significant property values,
  • Forestry and other resource values;

Overall Objectives

  • The overall objectives of the Wildfire Service are :
  • to protect life, property and other resources from wildfires ;
  • to provide levels of protection consistent with the values at risk ;
  • to minimize total costs, plus losses.

Protection Zones (map)

There are three fire protection zones within the province where the department's response varies as follows :

  1. Primary Protection Zone - This zone constitutes much of the Burnings Permit Area and contains most of the province's commercially valuable timber resources and property values. Within this zone, the department will carry out an immediate initial response on all fires and will conduct an initial attack whenever values warrant and suppression resources are available. Initial attacks that have failed will require an escaped fire analysis with continued action determined based on values at risk, availability of suppression resources and estimated suppression costs ;
  2. Observation Zone - Within this zone an initial response is taken only if life and / or property values are at risk and warrants a suppression response ;
  3. Agricultural Zone - Within this zone fire action is generally the responsibility of another agency (Rural Municipality ). However, the department will assist these agencies when necessary and / or when requested - subject to availability of resources and values at risk