Southwest Manitoba grass fire extinguished; one home damaged

Soot, ash and smoke filled the air in Southwestern Manitoba Thursday evening hours after a grass fire that forced evacuations of about 20 homes was extinguished.

Murray Warwaruk, a resident of a development about 12 kilometres west of Carberry, Man., said he and his wife were not home when they received an emergency evacuation order Thursday afternoon. Warwaruk said his wife had time to get their cat from their house before emergency crews shut down the area due to a growing grass fire.

Warwaruk said when he was able to return to his home later Thursday evening, about five hours after being evacuated, he found how close the fire had come to his home.

“It basically surrounded our whole house," he said. "The fire department did a really good job of containing it and keeping it away from the houses."

Manitoba RCMP said homes were evacuated near CFB SHilo due to a fire that had broken out in the area. Highway 351 and 90 Road West were both closed because of the blaze, but were later reopened.

(Source: Danton Unger/ CTV News Winnipeg)

Manitoba RCMP said in a Tweet around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday that the fire had been extinguished and those who were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes.

Update - #rcmpmb have now been advised that the fire has been extinguished and the local residents who were evacuated are now able to return to their homes.

— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) April 2, 2021

Bob Adriaansen, the reeve of the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford, said the fire started around 2 p.m. and crews were quick to respond and try to extinguish it. He said about 20 to 30 homes were evacuated, with an evacuation centre set up at the rink in Carberry to shelter the evacuees.

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Adriaansen said all those who were evacuated ended up staying with friends or family, or were able to return home.

To the south of Warwaruk’s home, an orange plume of smoke continued to rise Thursday night. Warwaruk said firecrews were still out battling a fire in the bush near his house into the evening.

(Source: Mason DePatie/ CTV News Winnipeg)

"There is soot and ash and everything flying in the air right now. When you drive through the development here, every acreage is black. It is crazy to see that all the yards were saved,” he said.

"I think we will get the full scope of it tomorrow morning."

Source: Liam Pattison Photography