Every year communities suffer electrical outages due to uncontrolled stubble fires which damage Manitoba Hydro poles and power lines.
These fires and resulting outages can leave residents without energy for hours. Fallen poles and power lines are also extremely dangerous on the ground and can cause serious injury and death. As a landowner, you are responsible for damage caused by your grass fires and liable for the cost of repairing or replacing damaged utility poles.
If you choose to burn, plan carefully to avoid dangerous and costly situations. Be sure all safety precautions are in place. Check with your municipality for permits, guidelines and time frames. Cultivate a fire guard to protect hydro poles and carefully monitor your stubble burning.
Prepared by Linda Carter, PHEc Public Safety & Education Coordinator, Manitoba Hydro.