Careful if you are doing any burning as dry spell raises risk of grass fires

The sunny stretch has its downside

March has been abnormally dry with little in the way of snow or rain and the impact is starting to be felt with grass fires popping up across the region.

The sunny and mild stretch has been welcomed by many, but there is a risk if the public doesn’t adhere to the rules around outdoor burning. The fire rating in several municipalities is listed as high.

Looks can be deceiving. As Clearview Fire Chief Roree Payment tweeted, it’s what’s on top that’s a concern.

Innisfil Fire Service is asking residents to skip spring burning until the grass is greener and to enjoy other activities instead. Crews responded to at least two grass fires on Saturday.

Springwater firefighters also dealt with a grass fire on Saturday.