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With fires raging on many fronts in the city, Saturday was hailed as a "crazy" day for firefighters.
Amid dry conditions and gusting winds, firefighters responded to a brush fire and a wildland blaze on Saturday, including in the Assiniboine Forest.
Around 9:55 p.m. on Saturday, crews responded to reports of a brush fire in the 100 block of Killarney Avenue. When they arrived, crews reported the fire was starting to spread; however, they were able to extinguish it.
In a tweet on Saturday, which was sent while crews battled two wildfires, the union that represents firefighters said, "Firefighters again ask citizens to use caution and common sense when around areas of dry brush and grass."
Late Saturday night, firefighters were called to a residential fire on Manitoba Avenue in the North End where they discovered someone had died.
On Sunday, Alex Forrest, president of United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, called Saturday "a crazy day."
He said 130 out of 168 firefighters on duty Saturday hit the Assiniboine Forest hard.
Crews were in the vicinity overnight to extinguish hot spots and protect surrounding homes.
On Sunday afternoon, firefighters battling the blaze in the Assiniboine Forest started to return to stations, city spokesman said.
"Crews will continue a fire watch throughout the day to ensure all hot spots were extinguished," he said.
Saturday was so busy for a number of reasons, Forrest said.
"It was a drier winter, drier spring and there are a lot more arsons and drug-related fires," especially in the North End and West End, he said.
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Updated on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7:43 AM CDT: Fixes headline