Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a fire on Cairnsmore Street

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a fire on Cairnsmore Street

Released: 10:08 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 3:46 a.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a one-and-a-half-storey, single-family house in the 400 block of Cairnsmore Street.

When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke and flames coming from the structure. They launched an offensive attack, bringing the fire under control at 4:32 a.m.

One occupant was alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm and self-evacuated prior to crew arrival. Crews rescued one cat and reunited it with its owner. No injuries were reported.

No damage estimates are available at this time. While the fire is still under investigation, preliminary observations indicate it may have been caused by improperly disposed of coals from a bonfire. Residents are reminded of the following safety strategies to prevent these type of outdoor fires: 

  • A fire pit must be at least three metres from any combustible buildings, structures, fences, trees, or overhead wires, etc.
  • Always have a means of extinguishing your firepit close by, such as a water hose or bucket of sand. Remember: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Coals can smoulder for several days and can reignite.
  • Once done with your fire, extinguish it with water. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Use a shovel to scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering. Douse with water until the hissing sound stops.
  • Never remove coals from an approved fire pit until all fire activity and smouldering has ceased.
  • If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire. Coals can also be kept in a non-combustible container.

Residents are reminded of the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes. Alarms should be installed on every floor of the home, including the basement and tested monthly to ensure proper operation. Homeowners who don’t have a working smoke alarm can have one installed free of charge by WFPS crews through the S.A.F.E Family Program. Call 311 to apply or visit

Temporary closure of Saskatchewan Avenue

Released: 10:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Saskatchewan Avenue from Midland Street to Empress Street will fully close for emergency water work. The closure will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 11 and is expected to last until 8 p.m. on Friday, September 17.  

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.

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Elm Bark Beetle Control Program Begins

Released: 10:58 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg’s Elm Bark Beetle Control Program will begin Monday, September 13, 2021, weather permitting.

The program intends to reduce the spread of Dutch Elm Disease (DED) by controlling the beetles that carry the disease.

It will begin in Insect Management Areas 19 (Maple Grove Park, Normand Park, River Park South, St. Vital Centre, Vista), 20 (St. Vital Perimeter South), 21 (La Barriere, Parc La Salle, Perrault, Richmond Lakes, St. Norbert, Trappistes, Turnbull Drive) and 31 (Central River Heights, J.B. Mitchell, Mathers, Sir John Franklin, South River Heights).

With below-normal precipitation occurring this year and the last few years, the City’s elm population is at a higher risk of succumbing to DED and control of the beetle will help to reduce the spread of the disease.

Weekly public service announcements will be issued on Fridays throughout the program indicating which Insect Management Areas will be treated the following week.

Treatment will occur between the hours of 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting.

Treatment will be conducted using Pyrate 480 EC® (chlorpyrifos), a chemical product sprayed directly onto the lower 50 centimetres of the tree trunk. This product has been approved for use in Canada by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, and will be used in accordance with federally approved label directions by licensed pesticide applicators. This includes a new recommendation for 2021 that application should not occur when temperatures are above 15C.

Register for notification

The City offers an automated telephone and email notification system. Residents who register for this service will receive daily phone or email notifications for elm bark beetle control activities. Residents can register for notification online or by contacting 311.

More information

For more information, contact 311 or visit the City’s Insect Control website.

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