May 9, 2014 11:44 am

Saskatoon firefighters deal with grass fires

The Saskatoon Fire Department has dealt with a number of grass fires over the past week and are urging caution using sources of ignition outdoors.

Vytai Brannan / Global News

SASKATOON – Dry conditions that have kept Saskatoon firefighters busy over the past week dealing with grass fires. Now, officials are urging people to use caution.

On Thursday, crews responded to a large grass fire three kilometres south of the city that covered around 40 acres.

Strong winds threatened a nearby house and quonset.

Two brush trucks, two water tankers and a pumper engine were called out to deal with the blaze.

No property damage was reported.

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On Wednesday, crews dealt with a grass fire on Central Avenue, north of the off-leash dog park

Arriving crews found a large area of grass and bush burning from the road to the river bank.

It took crews 75 minutes to bring it under control. Approximately three acres of grass burned.

Crews also dealt with a grass fire on Monday evening north of 71st Street.

Around a half-acre of a yard site was on fire along with a car. It was brought under control in 15 minutes.

The cause of the blaze was from a controlled burn that was not extinguished.

There was also a grass fire Saturday afternoon in an empty field north of Grasswood Road.

It took firefighters almost three hours to bring the fire covering around 30 acres under control

Fire officials say with the dry conditions, people should exercise caution about using sources of ignition outdoors.

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