June 11, 2014 12:03 am
Updated: June 11, 2014 6:38 am

Blazes outside Winnipeg keep multiple fire crews busy

A grass fire spreads through a field in the Manitoba rural municipality of Rockwood on Tuesday.


WINNIPEG — Fire crews both north and south of the city scrambled to battle two separate blazes Tuesday night.

The first, a grass fire, sparked just after 7:30 p.m. in the rural municipality of Rockwood.

The flames spread rapidly across a field just north of Highway 67 near Highway 220.

Black smoke and flames could be seen from several kilometres away.

Crews used shovels and hoses to contain the flames, with firefighters working to keep the blaze under control for several hours.

Then crews from multiple municipalities south of Winnipeg rushed to the scene of a barn fire near highways 59 and 311.

A barn and garage were engulfed in flames when crews arrived just after 9 p.m.

Pumper trucks rushed back and forth to Niverville  to refill.

There was no word on the amount of damage caused by the flames.

It’s not known what sparked either blaze.

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