Wildland, brush and grass fires are preventable
Winnipeg, MB – With hot, dry conditions combined with high winds, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is once again reminding residents to follow important fire prevention strategies to reduce the risk of wildland, grass, and brush fires. In Winnipeg, these types of fires are typically wind-driven ground fires involving grass, brush, and dead plant matter which can spread quickly. Last year alone, WFPS fought 228 grass, brush, and wildland fires within City limits, many which damaged property and threatened structures. So far in 2019, crews have already fought 96 wildland fires.
“Today is going to be hot, dry and windy. These conditions significantly increase the risk of wildland fires. The wind allows fire to spread quickly, making these types of fires very dangerous,” said Chief John Lane, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. Over the past week, we’ve seen a number of large and dangerous wildland fires caused by careless activity. All of these fires were preventable.”
Residents are reminded that all open-air fires are prohibited when wind speeds exceed 25 kilometers per hour. This includes burning in approved fire pits. Even if a resident has obtained a burning permit, fires are not permitted under these conditions. The City 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 City’s Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.
It is also important that residents never dispose of smoking materials in any sort of vegetation or from their car window. Butts should also never be put out in planter pots.