Fire departments and the Ministry of Natural Resources Fire crews, in almost all Kenora and Rainy River District communities have been extremely busy with grass, bush and structure fires over the past few days.

The dry heavy winds and lack of precipitation, along with outdoor burning, have been contributing factors taxing the volunteer fire services in your communities.

Oxdrift, Machin, Wabigoon and Dryden Fire Services with the MNR have attended fires daily.

In Dryden at 5pm Friday April 17, a house fire on Sandy Beach Road occurred, with the high winds this became a three hour battle to save neighbouring structures and contain the fire from entering the forest area.

All ten Dryden Fire apparatus from both halls with thirty five volunteer firefighters were required to extinguish and contain this residential fire under these weather conditions. Assisting were several MNR fire crews, Oxdrift and Wabigoon Fire Departments with water tanker trucks and volunteer members, as there are no hydrants in this rural area.

The Dryden Police Service closed Sandy Beach Road for several hours to protect fire crews and keep the public safe from the danger zone. NWEMS Paramedics, Hydro One, and Union Gas crews were also called to the scene to assist.

No persons were home at the time of the fire, no injuries are reported, the Dryden Fire Service is investigating the cause and origin of this fire at this time.