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Province deploys water bomber to help fight grass fire near Saskatoon
Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:28AM CST
Fire crews brought a large brush fire southwest of Saskatoon along Strathcona Avenue under control late Tuesday evening, the Saskatoon Fire Department says.
The fire burned for almost seven hours.
In addition to fire department equipment, the province deployed a water bomber and the Meewasin Valley Authority had personnel on scene early Wednesday morning to assist firefighting efforts and monitor the Cranberry Flats Conservation Area.
Changing winds and dry conditions challenged the efforts of firefighters but crews stopped the fire from spreading to nearby homes, outbuildings and livestock yards, the fire department says.
Neighbour Kendra Dilsner said Tuesday that 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.”
No injuries were reported.
The Saskatoon Fire Department will not conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire, as the area falls outside of its investigative jurisdiction.