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Crews trying to keep grass fire away from homes
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:59PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:12PM CST
The Saskatoon Fire Department is responding to a grass fire which started near Riverside Estates and moved into Cranberry Flats.
Neighbour Kendra Dilsner says her fiancé alerted her to the fire while she was on campus studying for exams.
“It’s super stressful,” she said. “I flew home [in my car] and then my dad was out with the tractor and he was making a berm all around our house and some of the neighbours because they had some of their trees on fire. So he went and ploughed through to make sure the fire didn’t reach them.”
The department received a 911 call reporting trees on fire in a yard near Riverside Estates just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, the fire department says.
The cause of the fire is undetermined but dry conditions are playing a role.
Shifting north and west winds are causing difficulties for firefighters, but crews have a good handle on the flames, Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Roger said.
Crews are focused on making sure the fire doesn't reach nearby homes and livestock.