Large grass fire destroys buildings north of Virden, Man. Sunday

A grass fire destroyed a number of buildings north of Virden, Man. Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters from three towns responded to the fire at about 1 p.m. Sunday

A grass fire destroyed a number of buildings north of Virden, Man. Sunday afternoon. 

Wallace District Fire Department Chief Brad Yochim said crews were called to a property about 10 miles from the town at about 1 p.m. Sunday after a controlled burn by an area landowner got away.

The fire scorched about 20 acres of land and two abandoned buildings and an old barn, Yochim said.
"The wind got up and the grass got away on him, the fire got away on him," he said. 

A farmer's yard and house were spared. It took fire crews about two hours to extinguish the flames. 

About 35 firefighters from Virden, Elkhorn and Miniota helped fight the flames, according to Yochim. 

He suggests landowners keep a close eye on any burning they are doing as the land is extremely dry right now.

"It [grass] burns very easily right now," he said. "They should be very, very cautious if they are going to do any kind of burning whatsoever."  

Yochim said this was the first grass fire Wallace District firefighters responded to this year, about two weeks earlier than normal. 

Nobody was injured as a result of the fire. 


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.