The Wellesley Township FD – St Clements station was dispatched to a large field fire at 3811 Weimar Line May 3 at 13:00. The fire was called in by a Linwood firefighter riding his bike on the next road north of the fire. St Clements requested a full turnout from the Wellesley station while responding to the call. St Clements arrived to a fast moving fire, approximately 30 acres in size, and fire spreading quickly into heavy bush.
Command requested Linwood’s tanker and pumper to the scene, leaving their pumper in Linwood to cover the township. Command requested Mutual Aid from Woolwich Township – St Jacobs station, asking for a tanker and their Argo and placing the St Jacobs station on standby in case of any other calls in Wellesley Township.
Wilmot Township – Baden station was also put on standby by command. The St Jacobs Argo just added a 90-gallon inflatable water tank and small high-pressure pump to the unit this week. Water was shuttled from Paradise Lake approximately 3 miles from the scene. Crews worked the fire for two and a half hours before declaring the fire under control. The St Clements pumper and Argo were on scene tending to hot spots until 16:20. Box 690 Canteen was on scene three hours providing rehab for the tired crews.
All photos by Gary Dinkel, Box 690
Eastern flank of fire, fire has been contained, one hour into the call. Gary Dinkel photo
St. Clements pumper and tanker. Gary Dinkel photo
The fire started in this unattended pile of brush being burned. Gary Dinkel photo
Wellesley aerial set up and provided a line to the western edge of the fire. Gary Dinkel photo
Gary Dinkel photo
The Argo returning for water. Gary Dinkel photo
Spot fires burning in brush approximately 1.5 hours into the call. Gary Dinkel photo
Gary Dinkel photo
Fire jumps the line crated by a farm tractor moves into the next property. Gary Dinkel photo
Firefighters fill the 90 Imperial gallon tank. Gary Dinkel photo
Wellesley and Linwood’s 2,500 Imperial Gallon tankers (3,000 US). Gary Dinkel photo
First working fire for the new St. Jacobs 2,500-gallon tanker. Gary Dinkel photo