Ortona Road Fireguard Expansion - Canadian Forces Base Shilo

The Department of National Defence (DND) has proposed a project which consists the expansion of Ortona road, to construct a fireguard roughly 11 kilometers in length and with a width of 30 meters starting from the west road edge, expanding easterly into the prairie. The road is considered part of the fireguard therefore 28.5 meters of undeveloped land will be cleared of trees and other vegetation types. Clearing efforts will extend about 28 meters east of the road and ploughed 1-2 times per year to prevent re-vegetation to occur. Areas of the fireguard are undulating and have multiple hills that will be graded. Equipment to construct the fireguard may include but not limited to: a dozer, front end loader, grader, tree cutters, tractor with a plough or skid-steer loader. Fireguard expansion must meet the requirements of the DND Explosives and Ammunitions Safety Manual.

Latest update

January 25, 2023— The Department of National Defence issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination - January 25, 2023
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - August 12, 2022


Robert Riesz
Department of National Defence
Robert Riesz, Base Engineering Officer
CFB Shilo
Post Office Box 5000, Station Main
Shilo, Manitoba R0K 2A0
Email: Robert.riesz@forces.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Canadian Forces Base Shilo (Manitoba)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Highways and Roads
    • Maintenance activities (fences, walls)
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Department of National Defence
  • Authorities

    • Department of National Defence
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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