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Hamilton Grass Fire Extinguished

Updated: April 3, 2010 - A raging grass fire engulfed a dry farm field near Hamilton on Friday, on the same day a fire ban was issued for parts of the province.

Firefighters worked until the wee hours of Friday evening to bring down the scorcher that torched nearly 100 vehicles.

The fire broke out in Flamborough, as flames engulfed around 30 acres of land that was littered with gas tanks, scrap vehicles and wood. Flyaway embers from a controlled fire ignited the field of dry grass on the rural property west of Highway 8.

It took nearly 40 fireman to snuff out the flames. Public Information Officer for Hamilton's emergency services, John Verbeek said, "we had to come at it from different sides, we wanted to stop this thing before it spread."

There were a couple of explosions due to vehicle tires and propane tanks blowing up from the intense heat.

Thankfully there wasn't any injuries or building damage because it was an open-fire.

It was the fourth grass-fire the Hamilton department fought on Good Friday.

With the recent wave of warm weather, tinder-dry ground has forced townships around Barrie, Muskoka and Ottawa to issue fire bans. This essentially means that no kind of outdoor fires are allowed except for barbecues.

Fire department officials are urging people to take extra caution because some areas have the fire hazard set to extreme.

Meanwhile, The Ottawa Fire Department has issued a temporary open-air fire ban because of the early spring weather. Since March came and went without a snowfall, dead grass is exposed in many fields and this could eventually lead to grass and bush fires, especially with the spike in temperature. 'It's not worth it to take that chance right now with everything being so dry,' said a department spokesperson.

Muskoka fire officials say that only small fires in the most rural areas will be allowed as long as you follow the rules:

  • Fires must take place between two hours before sunset and two hours after sunrise
  • The smoke from your fire can't interfere with your neighbours or a roadway
  • You must have the proper tools to put out the fire if the need should arise
  • You must be with your fire at all times.

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