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Winnipeg fire crews respond to two brush fires near CentrePort in less than 24 hours

Winnipeg fire crews respond to two brush fires near CentrePort in less than 24 hours - image
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Emergency crews responded to two large grass and brush fires near CentrePort Canada Way in less than 24 hours.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says they were called to a wildfire shortly after 8:15 p.m. Monday near CentrePort Canada Way and Sturgeon Road. The WFPS said the fire was estimated to be about the size of a football field, and winds gusting up to 40 kilometres an hour were causing the fire to expand rapidly.

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Fire crews were able to protect the surrounding area and properties and were expected to remain on scene for several hours Monday night.

Officials say they responded to another brush and grass fire in the same vicinity shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The fire has since been declared under control.

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The cause of both blazes remains under investigation and no injuries were reported in either incident.

City officials are also reminding residents to take caution with the extreme dry conditions across much of southern Manitoba.

Read more: Manitoba still in a drought despite rain: Agriculture minister

Burning yard waste or garbage is banned within the city, and fires are also not allowed if the wind exceeds 25 kilometres an hour, even with a proper permit or approved fire pit. The city says proper landscaping can also help prevent fires, as well as watering plants and other vegetation around your home.

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