Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Smithurst Street and Speers Road

Fire ban for Winnipeg to end tonight

Released: 2:23 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Effective Wednesday, August 11 at 6 p.m., Winnipeg’s fire ban will end. The City of Winnipeg thanks residents for their compliance throughout the ban.

Once the ban ends, residents may resume the use of residential fire pits in compliance with the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law. WFPS will also resume issuing permits for open-air fires and fireworks effective Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Residents must continue to exercise caution to prevent wildland and grass fires, and are reminded that burning yard waste, garbage, or scrap material is still prohibited within city limits and can result in a fine. Fires are prohibited if wind speeds exceed 25 km / hr.

It is also important to never dispose of smoking materials in any sort of vegetation or from vehicle windows. Butts should also never be put out in planter pots.

To protect businesses and homes from grass and brush fires, proper landscaping and vegetation management are important, particularly when conditions are dry. This includes thinning and pruning vegetation, removing trees and converting to fire-resistant plants, and general cleanup of brush, leaves, grass, and debris. Watering plants and vegetation in the area surrounding your home is also important, particularly in the first 10 meters around the home.

Other strategies include storing firewood at least 10 meters away from structures, and ensuring approved outdoor fire receptacles are in an open area away from overhanging vegetation.

Temporary closure of westbound Corydon Avenue from Rockwood Street to Cambridge Street beginning August 12

Released: 6:21 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Westbound Corydon Avenue, from Rockwood Street to Cambridge Street, will be closed on Thursday, August 12 at 7 a.m. until Thursday, August 19 at 5 p.m., for road work. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the closure, while pedestrian access will be maintained.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit or contact 311.

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.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Smithurst Street and Speers Road

Released: 10:23 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to fires on Smithurst Smithust Street and Speers Road tonight.

Smithurst Street Fire

At 7:52 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire at a two-storey townhouse complex in the 0-100 block of Smithurst Street.

When crews arrived on scene, smoke and flames were coming from the structure. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 8:17 p.m.

Residents of the suite where the fire originated safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. Residents in neighbouring suites were temporarily evacuated but were able to access their suites once crews completed their work on scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

Speers Road Fire

At 7:02 p.m. WFPS responded to reports of a fire inside a three-storey industrial building in the 0-100 block of Speers Road.

When crews arrived on scene they found a small fire in a machine hopper and quickly knocked it down. The building’s sprinkler system had activated, helping to keep the fire from spreading.

Occupants from the building safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

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