WINNIPEG, MB. - At 10:06 p.m. on April 24, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a significant grass and brush fire in an area around Community Row and Wilkes Avenue in Charleswood.
Crews used specialized wildland-urban interface equipment, including the WFPS Bison, to attack the fire and protect the surrounding areas and properties. The WFPS drone, with a thermal imaging camera, was also used to detect hot spots.
The fire was under control at 11:35 p.m.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.
Wildland fire prevention
Conditions are very dry and residents are urged to be cautious in order to prevent these types of fires.
Residents are reminded that burning yard waste, garbage, or scrap material is prohibited within city limits. As well, fires cannot be started, even with a proper fire permit, if wind speeds and/or gusts exceed 25 km/h.
It is also important that residents never dispose of smoking materials in any sort of vegetation or from vehicle windows, and butts should also never be put out in planter pots.
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.