Brush fire east of Long Sault

South Stormont firefighters and township workers beat down the flames from a brush fire near Long Sault, Ont. on Monday April 10, 2017. A controlled burn quickly got out of hand in the high wind and warm weather. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

LONG SAULT — A fire in a man’s back yard quickly got out of control Monday afternoon.

South Stormont firefighters were called to a home on Jenkins Road, off Avonmore Road near the railway tracks, around 2:10 p.m.

A sunny, hot day, coupled with a wind gusting to 32 kilometers an hour, was all it took for the fire to get out of control.

The fire spread across roughly 100 feet of the home’s back yard and some embers caught the grass on fire on the opposite side of the train tracks.

Some South Stormont roads crews told Cornwall Newswatch they saw the smoke will filling potholes nearby, a quickly sprung into action, beating down the flames with their shovels.

Firefighters were on scene shortly after and had the fire out within 20 minutes.

Acting Fire Chief Paul McAlear told CNW conditions are changing rapidly – from flooding a couple of days ago to tinder dry and windy weather today.

McAlear wants to remind people that these conditions are not a good time to be burning.

A fire that gets out of control is a chargeable offence by the Township of South Stormont bylaw enforcement office, which did pay a visit to the property this afternoon.

A South Stormont firefighter regroups on Monday, April 10, 2017 during a brush fire on Jenkins Road, east of Long Sault. A back yard fire got out of control in the windy conditions. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
A South Stormont township worker looks up to Avonmore Road while helping firefighters battle a brush fire at the back of a home on Jenkins Road on Monday, April 10, 2017. Two workers, filling potholes, happened to be in the area and jumped into action when they found the fire. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
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