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Firefighters battle a grass fire in the Assiniboine forest Sunday.

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A grass fire in the Assiniboine forest had crews from around the city scrambling Sunday, but firefighter officials said it was nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year.

The first report of the fire came in around 2:30 p.m.

Crews were still being sent by late into Sunday to fight hot spots.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to property.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service said it didn't know the cause of the blaze late Sunday.

At this time of year southern Manitoba is prone to grass fires as much of the grass is brown and the ground is dry.

Traffic was affected in various parts of the city from smoke in the air.

Parts of Shaftesbury Boulevard, Grant Avenue and Taylor Avenue had traffic backed up at different points Sunday.

It was a challenge for fire crews to find the blaze at first.

A pilot flying nearby sighted it later in the day and helped with the location of the flames.

Some crews reportedly carried backpacks with water through the forest to help fight the blaze.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 12, 2014 A4

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Updated on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 6:24 AM CDT: Replaces photo

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