Wind spreads big grass fire

On April 7th,  fire broke out in fields just north of County Road 2 in Morrisburg.

According to South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services chief Chris McDonough, the “big grass fire started on Strader Road, just west of County Road 31 and went all the way down to the TWD building. It was coming up behind McHaffie’s Flea Market.”

McDonough reported that in addition to needing all three stations to battle the blaze, he “had to get South Stormont for mutual aid.” 

“The wind was taking the fire so fast, we could hardly keep up with it,” said McDonough.

He reported that there were about 40 people there trying to get the fire under control and to keep it from spreading.

Three hours and 20 acres later, the blaze was smothered.

“The guys did an excellent job,” said McDonough.

There is no indication of what or who may have started the fire. If he knew, McDonough said, “I’d send them the bill.”

On a positive note, April 9th brought much needed rain, putting an end to McDonough’s plans to declare a fire ban beginning April 10th… for now anyway.  

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