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Dec. 18, 2018, Montreal - Two fires broke out in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in Monteregie, less than an hour apart on Monday night. There were no injuries in either fire, according to the local fire department. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Dec. 18, 2018, Port Dover, Ont. - Damage is estimated at close to a million dollars after a fire destroyed several boats stored near Simcoe on Sunday. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CTV News
Dec. 18, 2018, Eastern Townships, Que. - Firefighters from four municipalities in the Eastern Townships spent Monday afternoon fighting a major fire that erupted at Domaine Eastman. The Eastman fire department was called to the 100-year-old barn – a popular spot for weddings and other events – as smoke began to spread inside the building, said Chief Daniel Lefebvre. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Canadian Press
Dec. 19, 2018, Robb, Alta. - Evacuation notices have been lifted in a few small Alberta communities after an out-of-season wildfire that threatened them was brought under control.

Alberta wildfire information officer Caroline Charbonneau says strong winds with gusts up to 100 km/hr on Friday night blew trees onto roads and blocked access for crews fighting the flames east of Jasper National Park.

Yellowhead County says its peace officers went door-to-door in the communities of Robb and Mercoal on Friday to let residents know to be ready in case an evacuation was necessary.

But Charbonneau says the area received close to five centimetres of snow overnight, bringing the fires under control.

Another small blaze further north near Marlboro also burned overnight Friday but was extinguished Saturday morning.

Wildfire season for Alberta officially ended Oct. 31, but Charbonneau says there hasn't been much snow, and that combined with warm temperatures lately have left the area very dry.

"When we were dispatched for the call, the crew had a hard time reaching the fire because of the high winds and the debris on the road," Charbonneau said Saturday.

"A lot of trees were falling over. Lots of debris on the roads, which caused a lot of issues for us."

Yellowhead County said on Facebook that its crews, working with Parkland County, have now finished clearing fallen trees that were blocking roads in the Robb and Mercoal area.

It said its firefighters and peace officers, which had been on-scene overnight, are now standing down.

Charbonneau said the overnight snow made it hard to tell how much land had burned in the blaze that threatened the communities, but later in the afternoon a news release from the province estimated the fire had consumed 434 hecatres.

The release said it appeared that few flames were visible.

Winter fires aren't common, Charbonneau said, but they do happen from time to time.

"We've had winter fires in the past, some fairly large winter fires. And these fires are often sustained by chinook conditions," she explained.

"They're very warm winds, they dry up the ground. We lose most of our snow on a windy warm day."
Written by CTV News
Dec. 17, 2018, Hunstville, Ont. - A century-old farmhouse was destroyed by a fire in Huntsville early Saturday morning. Fire crews were called to the structure fire just before 6:00 a.m. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CHCH News
Dec. 17, 2018, Hamilton, Ont. - Hamilton firefighters were called to National Steelcar for an early morning blaze Sunday. Fire officials believe a spark ignited combustible materials in the company’s dust collection system. CHCH News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Ottawa Citizen
Dec. 17, 2018, Ottawa - Investigators are examining an electrical closet as the potential source of the fire Wednesday that displaced more than 200 residents. The Ottawa Citizen reports. | READ MORE
Written by CityNews
Dec. 17, 2018, Toronto - A man has been taken to a trauma centre after a fire broke out at a Toronto home early Monday morning. CityNews reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Ottawa Citizen
Dec. 14, 2018, Gananoque, Ont. - A former fire chief has been charged with multiple counts of defrauding and stealing from the Town of Gananoque, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and their volunteer firefighters’ associations. The Ottawa Citizen reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Dec. 13, 2018, Fredericton - Nineteen people were forced from their homes after a grease fire broke out at a seniors complex in Fredericton on Wednesday night. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CTV News
Dec. 13, 2018, Calgary - Calgary fire crews rescued a woman from the second floor of a northeast townhouse on Wednesday morning after she became trapped by a fire in the building. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Dec. 13, 2018, Mission, B.C. - Fire crews in Mission are fighting a fire on a barge on the Fraser River. The blaze broke out around 3 a.m. PT in a large structure on the barge, located near the Silverdale area. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Chronicle Herald
Dec. 12, 2018, Halifax - Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency took a request for adjusted response time targets and $1.6 million in funding to add firefighters to staff the Fall River station 24 hours a day, seven days a week to regional council Tuesday. The Chronicle Herald reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Chronicle Herald
Dec. 12, 2018, Parrsboro, N.S. - The cause of the fire at the Glooscap Restaurant and Lounge is still under investigation, after the fire destroyed the building Tuesday morning. The Chronicle Herald reports. | READ MORE
Written by CTV News
Dec. 12, 2018, Ottawa - Three people have been sent to hospital and many other residents are being treated for smoke inhalation early Wednesday morning. Emergency crews received mutiple 911 calls around 5 a.m. for fire inside a high-rise apartment, just east of downtown Ottawa. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Dec. 12, 2018, Quinte West, Ont. - A massive fire consumed a pig barn in Quinte West, Ont., Tuesday, killing at least 1,300 animals. The community's fire Chief John Whelan said they got the call around 1 p.m. and quickly called in resources from neighbouring communities to help battle the blaze. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Dec. 11, 2018, Tracadie, N.B. - Volunteer firefighters, some with 38 years of service, are questioning why they were ousted from the fire department they helped build in the Tracadie area of northeastern New Brunswick. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by SooToday
Dec. 11, 2018, Drummond Island, Ont. - Two people have died as result of a house fire on Drummond Island Sunday night. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a "fully engulfed residential structure fire" on the island at approximately 9:50 p.m. SooToday reports. | READ MORE
Written by CTV News
Dec. 11, 2018, Toronto - One person has been taken to hospital in serious condition following a fire at a rooming house in Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village neighbourhood Monday afternoon. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Chronicle Herald
Dec. 10, 2018, Halifax - An independent report about fire service in Halifax Regional Municipality says more firefighters, more stations and more investment are needed to meet response time standards. The Chronicle Herald reports. | READ MORE
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