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Posted: 05/15/2013 9:35 PM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 05/15/2013 10:27 PM | Updates
Firefighters spent Wednesday evening battling a grass fire near Fraser Road in south Winnipeg.
Firefighters pulled out the heavy artillery to bring a grass fire in south Winnipeg under control on Wednesday evening.
A pair of water bombers dumped water on the blaze, which began late in the afternoon near Fraser Road.
Two shifts of firefighters fought the fire, using hoses, shovels and rakes in an effort to keep it from spreading and possibly threatening nearby homes.
As much as Manitobans might be shaking their fist at the weather forecast for the Victoria Day long weekend, the expected precipitation is sorely needed as conditions in many parts of the province are as dry as a tinderbox.
The RM of St. Clements has put a burning ban into effect until further notice. This includes all outdoor fires, fires contained within fire pits and solid fuel burning appliances and the use of fireworks.
"Fires are extremely high risk," the RM said.
Fire crews also responded to a house fire in Point Douglas shortly before supper time. A home at the corner of Heaton Avenue and Argyle Street near the foot of the Disraeli Freeway is likely a total write off after sustaining significant damage.
Firefighters have confirmed nobody was home when the fire started, reportedly in the back shed.
The cause of the blazes has not been determined.
Submitted by Ed Ackerman
Updated on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM CDT: Corrects typo, adds slideshow.
10:20 PM: adds info on Argyle Street fire
10:27 PM: adds video from Argyle Street fire
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