Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to wildland fire in Charleswood
Released: 10:24 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 10:06 p.m. on April 24, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a significant grass and brush fire in an area around Community Row and Wilkes Avenue in Charleswood.
Crews used specialized wildland-urban interface equipment, including the WFPS Bison, to attack the fire and protect the surrounding areas and properties. The WFPS drone, with a thermal imaging camera, was also used to detect hot spots.
The fire was under control at 11:35 p.m.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.
Wildland fire prevention
Conditions are very dry and residents are urged to be cautious in order to prevent these types of fires.
Residents are reminded that burning yard waste, garbage, or scrap material is prohibited within city limits. As well, fires cannot be started, even with a proper fire permit, if wind speeds and/or gusts exceed 25 km/h.
It is also important that residents never dispose of smoking materials in any sort of vegetation or from vehicle windows, and butts should also never be put out in planter pots.
To protect businesses and homes from grass and brush fires, proper landscaping and vegetation management are important, particularly when conditions are dry. This includes thinning and pruning vegetation, removing trees and converting to fire-resistant plants, and general cleanup of brush, leaves, grass, and debris. Watering plants and vegetation in the area surrounding your home is also important, particularly in the first 10 meters around the home.
Other strategies include storing firewood at least 10 meters away from structures, and ensuring approved outdoor fire receptacles are in an open area away from overhanging vegetation. The City also 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 Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.
Public advised of potential COVID-19 exposure at Animal Services Agency
Released: 2:02 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The public is advised of a potential COVID-19 exposure at Animal Services Agency (1057 Logan Ave.) on April 20, 2021, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
An Animal Services employee working during that time has since tested positive for COVID-19. The employee, who had contact with the public, was following COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a mask and remaining behind a plexiglass barrier.
Animal Services is now closed to members of the public. Animal Services will continue to reunite lost dogs with their owners and will continue to have dogs available for adoption; however, an appointment must be made in advance by contacting 311. Residents can report animal-related service requests by contacting 311.
Pet licenses may be purchased or renewed over the phone with 311, online, or by mailing in a check with an invoice.
Residents are reminded that if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to visit a testing site as soon as possible. Those who have concerns about symptoms or who are unsure whether they should be tested can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, visit: manitoba.ca/covid19.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Notre Dame Avenue
Released: 3:15 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 1:13 p.m. on April 25, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a commercial structure in the 400 block of Notre Dame Avenue.
Upon arrival on scene crews encountered smoke in the building and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 1:48 p.m.
All occupants of the building safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Inkster Boulevard
Released: 9:32 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 5:53 p.m. on April 25, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey house in the 0-100 block of Inkster Boulevard.
Upon arrival on scene crews encountered smoke and flames coming from the house and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 6:20 p.m.
All occupants of the home safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time. One neighbouring house also sustained exposure damage.
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