Tree catches fire on Haulage Road

Cornwall Fire Services Acting Platoon Chief John Irwin checks out a fire along a slope at the end of Haulage Road on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Firefighters quickly put out the flames while about a half dozen people watched. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Despite a few isolated showers, it’s an example of just how dry it is across Cornwall and SD&G.

City firefighters were called around 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) for a tree on fire at the south end of Haulage Road, where the path crosses the canal lock and connects with the waterfront trail.

Acting Platoon Chief John Irwin told Cornwall Newswatch the fire started high along the bank of the canal, which suggests it may have been something, such as a cigarette butt, tossed into the dry brush near the top of the slope.

The exact cause of the fire is not known.

The brush had also caught part of a tree on fire. A section of the tree was cut off by a firefighter with a chainsaw and soaked with water to make sure the fire was out.

Irwin says Cornwall residents have generally been “pretty good” about properly discarding cigarette butts, matches and other things that could start a fire.

All but two municipalities in SD&G – South Glengarry and Cornwall – have fire bans in place.