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Kindersley Fire Respond to Grass Fire

Last night at 11:02, Kindersley Fire were dispatched to a grass fire one mile East of Alsask along highway 7.

By 1:19 a.m., all crew had returned safe to the fire hall and all units were back in service.

This fire is a stark reminder to never throw smoking materials, such as matches and cigarettes from you vehicles.

Grass fires can start quickly, spread rapidly and burn very hot, making them especially dangerous.

If you see a grass fire, report it immediately by dialling 911. This will help local firefighters get to the scene as quickly as possible.

  • Help protect your home and the area by:
  • Disposing of cigarettes and matches correctly. Do not throw them out of a vehicle.
  • Make fire breaks that can slow a fire’s progress. They are areas that have been ploughed, mowed or even grazed. They should be around your home and other buildings.
  • Keep your lawn cut and your gardens and paths well-maintained and leaves raked up.
  • Cut the grass around your outbuildings and around tanks or other containers that may contain flammable materials.
  • Do not burn trash or leaves unless they are in a damp or grass-free area.
  • Avoid parking on dry grass. A vehicle’s exhaust can reach a temperature of more than 538 degrees Celsius (1000 degrees Fahrenheit). It only takes about 260 degrees Celsius (500 degrees Fahrenheit) to start a fire.
  • Teach your children not to play with fire or with matches. Fire can spread quickly putting children in danger.
  • Keep a three-metre area around the BBQ free of vegetation. Place a fine mesh screen over the grill to stop sparks. Stay with your grill and soak the ashes in water.
  • Make sure you have water tanks filled for firefighting. Keep a diesel or gas powered pump on hand. An electric pump may not work if the power goes out.
  • Keep woodpiles away from your home.
  • Make sure all machines have a working spark arrestor.
  • Don’t use machines or tools that may cause sparks during dry conditions. If you must use a tool such as a grinder, wet down your working area and have a fire extinguisher handy.

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