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Three fire departments battle grass fire in Salisbury

By Tara Clow Apr 17, 2024 | 12:40 PM

A grass fire kept Salisbury firefighters busy.

Moncton and Petitcodiac Fire were called to assist just before 10 p.m. Tuesday on Hartley Lewis Road off Homestead Road.

“Due to the conditions at night, there was quite a glow created because when you burn grass, it generates a lot of smoke. So it did look impressive and it was pretty significant. It wasn’t aggressive fire. It was more of a show fire,” Salisbury Fire Chief Bradley MacLeod says.

It took around an hour to get the fire under control, but firefighters were on the scene until around 2 a.m. Wednesday putting out all the hot spots. Around two acres of land burned in total.

“We’re in that transition where we have a lot of grass but it’s all dead, so a couple of warm days and that grass will burn. With it being wet recently, that’s what helped prevent the fire from spreading too quickly. That’s what kept it contained and slow burning. Once those fuels got warmed up though, they were burning pretty good,” MacLeod adds.

He recommends not burning grass on your property, especially at this time of year, because if the winds pick up, fires can quickly spread. He also advised the proper disposal of smoking materials, including cigarette butts, because anything flammable can spark a fire in dry grass.