Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services are reminding Winnipeggers to safely dispose of smoking materials and to burn things responsibly after a significant grass fire in the Charleswood area.
Just before 5 p.m. Sunday, WFPS crews responded to reports of a fire in the 1500 block of Charleswood Road.
Crews found a grassy area on fire, extending to a nearby area with trees.
Specialized wildlife-urban interface equipment, including the WFPS Bison, were used to fight the fire and protect nearby homes.
The fire was under control by 6:16 p.m. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is not yet known.
WPFS is reminding residents that burning yard waste, garbage, or scrap material is prohibited within the limits of the City of Winnipeg.
Fires cannot be started, even with a fire permit, if wind speeds exceed 25 kilometres per hour.
Residents are also reminded to never dispose of smoking materials in plants or other forms of vegetation -- including butts in planter pots -- or from vehicle windows.
Proper landscaping and management of vegetation are important in protecting businesses and homes from grass and brush fires, WFPS says. This is especially important in dry conditions.
Thinning and pruning of vegetation are recommended, as well as removing trees, planting fire-resistant plants, and generally clearing properties of brush, leaves, grass and debris.
Watering plants in the area around your home is also advised.
There are guidelines set by the City of Winnipeg regarding outdoor fire receptacles like fire pits, fireplaces, and outdoor barbeques. WFPS recommends storing firewood about 10 metres away from your home or other structures, in an area away from overhanging plants and trees.