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High winds, dry conditions reignite fire

posted May 16, 2016, 8:21 AM by Kathy Carr
Friday, May 6 was a very busy day for our local fire department along with the fire departments from Glenboro and Neepawa as they battled a fire on NE-22-10-15, just west of Carberry.
The fire was called in at 10:23 in the morning and the crews along with two water bombers from The Pas and a helicopter were fighting it till around 9:00 p.m. that night.
The owner of the property was given permission for a controlled burn back in January, to burn a pile of brush they had collected from around the property. The remains of the controlled burn appeared to be out and nothing happened for four months, but unknown to many there was actually ambers that were not visible still smouldering underneath. With the high winds on May 6th, the top layer of remains was blown off the pile revealing the smouldering ambers and high winds combined with the tinder dry conditions, created the perfect situation for the beginning of the fire.
The bulldozer from the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford, three wildland and pumper trucks, two water tankers and the side by side from Carberry/North Cypress-Langford, Glenboro and Neepawa battled the blaze, with the water bombers making five water dumps between the two of them and the helicopter making three. 
The Carberry/North Cypress-Langford fire department were back on the scene Saturday, Sunday and Monday night putting out the hot spots with the help of the Flir Camera. 
In total, 10 of the 80 acres were burned and thankfully there were no lives lost. A huge thank you goes out to the neighbouring fire departments and all the crews and people that were involved in helping extinguish the fire. 
At this point, the investigation is still ongoing said Sustainable Development. The landowners are prohibiting all unauthorized motor vehicles from entering their premises to avoid further damage to the properties. It is asked that the public respect that this is private land and any in-compliance to do so will result in legal action.
by Kathy Carr