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Fires still burning, but tamed, say officials

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By Howida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

A grass fire that seems to have been sparked by a passing train closed both Highway 7 and Highway 43 west of Smiths Falls all the way to Perth. Initial reports said the fire was out of control. Police were re-routing traffic heading out towards Perth at the intersection of Cornelia and William St.

“BBD&E fire department have command of the fire,” said Paul Klassen, sergeant with the Smiths Falls Police, one of the officers enforcing a highway closure.

According to the Smiths Falls fire department most of the county fire departments were dispatched to fight the blaze. They also said they still didn’t know exactly where the fire had started but an investigation was underway.

As of 6:00 p.m. on July 13, the bulk of the fire had been tamed but firefighters were still fighting fierce grass fires along Highway 43.

Vehicles were back-up along both Cornelia and William as people tried to get home after work. “We’re trying to be sensitive to people who live in unaffected areas along 43,” said Klassen.

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Fires still burning, but tamed, say officials

Hwy43Closed

By Howida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

A grass fire that seems to have been sparked by a passing train closed both Highway 7 and Highway 43 west of Smiths Falls all the way to Perth. Initial reports said the fire was out of control. Police were re-routing traffic heading out towards Perth at the intersection of Cornelia and William St.

“BBD&E fire department have command of the fire,” said Paul Klassen, sergeant with the Smiths Falls Police, one of the officers enforcing a highway closure.

According to the Smiths Falls fire department most of the county fire departments were dispatched to fight the blaze. They also said they still didn’t know exactly where the fire had started but an investigation was underway.

As of 6:00 p.m. on July 13, the bulk of the fire had been tamed but firefighters were still fighting fierce grass fires along Highway 43.

Vehicles were back-up along both Cornelia and William as people tried to get home after work. “We’re trying to be sensitive to people who live in unaffected areas along 43,” said Klassen.

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