Highlands East firefighters put out a bush fire north of Gooderham today after a fallen tree knocked down a power line.

Acting fire chief Chris Baughman said that led to the blaze along County Road 503 July 28. Firefighters had to wait until Hydro One temporarily shut down power to ensure any electrical wires were dead before spraying water.

“As far as grass or brush fires, this is very typical,” Baughman said. “Had the conditions been drier like a couple of weeks ago, it certainly would have been a lot worse. There was a house up on the hill, so we had to make sure it didn’t get there.”

The County lifted a fire ban July 17. Baughman said the improved conditions meant the blaze could not get out of control once firefighters arrived.

Hydro One was also on scene to address the downed power line.


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