Grass fire in Adjala caused evacuations
No injuries were reported, but residents of 17 homes on Humber Heights Trail had to be evacuated Tuesday due to a large grass fire.
The fire was on the 2nd Concession of Adjala, about one kilometre north of Highway 9. The road runs north from Highway 9 at Centreville Creek Road, east of Mono Mills.
Constable Kelly Daniels-Griffis of Nottawasaga OPP reported that it was originally thought that a barn was on fire, but that was eventually proven to be not the case. She said two wagons and a combine apparently caught fire, but no structures.
“Obviously, it’s spread,” she said, adding that winds drove it.
Police and the Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department decided to evacuate homes along Humber Heights, and residents on the 2nd Concession from Highway 9 to Adjala’s 5 Sideroad were evacuated as well. Residents along Highway 9, between the 2nd and 3rd Concessions, were placed on an advisory notice.
Daniels-Griffis reported at about 6:30 p.m. that a request had gone to the Ministry of Natural Resources for its water bomber, but in the end it was not needed. The fire was declared under control by about 7 p.m.
Constable Peter Leon, media relations officer for the OPP’s Central Region, said there was a “very significant response” from neighbouring fire departments, including Caledon.
Fire crews from New Tecumseth, Rosemont, Bradford West Gwillimbury and Essa also pitched in.
“They were able to get it under control fairly quickly,” he commented.
He also said a number of local residents stepped up with trailers to move horses to safety. Leon called it “an incredible undertaking in a short period of time.”
Cst. Leon said there was still no word on the cause of the fire, but it came around the time that strong winds developed, and that caused complications.
“The wind was blowing pretty strong into the east,” he observed.
Crews from the Caledon fire halls in Mono Mills, Caledon village, Caledon East, Palgrave, Alton, Valleywood, Inglewood and Bolton were deployed to help fight the blaze, acting Caledon Fire Chief Darryl Bailey reported.
At the height of the fire, Caledon deployed 13 pieces of large fire apparatus, including five tankers.