WINNIPEG, MB. - Monday at 2:21 p.m. Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in the grassy and forested area behind Charleswood Road. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered a grass and brush fire, extending several hundred metres.
Using specialized wildland-urban interface equipment, including the WFPS Bisons, crews were able to attack the fire, while protecting nearby structures and homes. Crews had the fire under control at 3:38 p.m.
One firefighter was injured and required medical attention. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.
To protect businesses and homes from grass and brush fires, proper landscaping and vegetation management are important, particularly when conditions are dry. This includes thinning and pruning vegetation, removing trees and converting to fire-resistant plants, and general cleanup of brush, leaves, grass, and debris. Watering plants and vegetation in the area surrounding your home is also important, particularly in the first 10 meters around the home.
Other strategies include storing firewood at least 10 meters away from structures, and ensuring approved outdoor fire receptacles are in an open area away from overhanging vegetation. The City also has a set of guidelines regarding outdoor fire receptacles such as fire pits, fire places, and outdoor BBQs. The rules regarding fires within approved outdoor fire receptacles are set out in part 6 of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.
It is also important that residents never dispose of smoking materials in any sort of vegetation or from vehicle windows, and butts should never be put out in planter pots.