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Wild Fires Keep Winnipeg Emergency Crews Hopping

May 8, 2018 9:37 AM | News


Firefighters battle a grass fire in Winnipeg on Sunday, April 29, 2018. (@UFFW867 / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — Monday wasn’t a reprieve for Winnipeg firefighters on the wildfire front — several significant incidents had emergency crews hopping from blaze to blaze.

At around 5:20 p.m., a fire was reported in the area of Roblin Boulevard and the Perimeter Highway. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused to any structures.

Crews then attended a grass fire on Victoria Row near Harris Park at 6:44 p.m. A detached garage and its contents sustained damage and the cause is under investigation.

Shortly after 8 p.m., a grass fire near the intersection of Day Street and Gunn Road was reported. The Winnipeg police Air 1 helicopter helped fire crews locate hotspots. Some area businesses were evacuated as a precaution, but no damage to any structures was reported.

Just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, another fire was put out in the area of the Transcona Bioreserve. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene.

“These are unprecedented, tinder-dry conditions, and we urge members of the community to work with us and refrain from starting any open-air fires, even in approved receptacles such as fire pits,” said Tom Wallace, deputy chief of support services with WFPS.

“Unless you’re using an outdoor natural gas appliance such as a barbecue, we urge you to not start an open-air fire as dry conditions and winds increase the risk of wildland fires.”