Firefighters battle brush fire


Fast action by the Laurentian Hills fire department snuffed out a brush fire Tuesday afternoon that could have spread quickly in the hot, dry conditions.

Firefighters received the call-out Tuesday just before 3 pm. More than a dozen responded to the scene off Kean Road, about 2 km south of Wylie Road.

The fire began on a ridge below a local hydro line after a small tree fell and came to rest on the line.

Firefighters fought the blaze with portable water packs before setting up 800 feet of hose from a pumper truck below the ridge.

With most hotspots contained, firefighters continued to douse the burned area before smothering any remaining embers in foam spray.

Hydro One was enroute to the scene to remove the tree from the overhead line with arrival expected about 5:30 pm.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry listed the forest fire hazard in the area as “high” Tuesday.

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