Winnipeg Suspends Burn Permits as Wind Kicks Up Grass Fire

Winnipeg Suspends Burn Permits as Wind Kicks Up Grass Fire

Grass Fire
A large grass fire burns near Dugald Road just east of Lagimodiere Boulevard on Sunday, April 29, 2018. (@UFFW867)

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service temporarily banned open-air burn permits on Sunday as wind gusts and low ground moisture created ideal conditions for wildfires.

Firefighters responded to a large grass fire north of Dugald Road just east of Lagimodiere Boulevard at around 12:30 p.m. Crews were trying to contain the blaze so it wouldn’t reach nearby residential areas. A similar fire ignited earlier this week in the same vicinity.

Officials on scene said over two dozen fire trucks responded with 100 crew members on the ground. The fire was mostly contained shortly before 3 p.m. as firefighters worked to put out hotspots.

Environment Canada reported wind gusts of up to 85 km/h at the time the fire broke out.

The WFPS says residential burning in approved outdoor receptacles on public or private property is not permitted when the wind speed exceeds 25 km/h. The city’s permit ban will be lifted as environmental conditions improve.

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