Big Grass Marsh fire update


By Ken Waddell
Neepawa Banner & Press

Following up on details on the Big Grass Marsh fire, Westbourne-Gladstone Mayor David Single said, ”The fire departments did amazing job.” In the Neepawa Banner and Press article we somehow missed listing the Plumas Fire Department whose volunteers worked hard for at least three days to control the blaze.

Their efforts and the other area fire departments efforts, we were told, steered the fire around and away from farm sites and homes. The last report we received was that most major buildings were saved which is a good thing. A lot of fence posts were damaged or burnt off and that will incur a cost on behalf of cattle producers to replace them. Many acres of fall pasture grass were destroyed in the blaze.

We have received some calls about the fire and possible causes, but we would like to hear more. We have been told the fire was deliberately set. We have also been told that this isn’t the first time that buildings, pastures, livestock and human lives have been deliberately put at risk by set fires and we feel it needs to stop. Please phone us at 204-476-3401 and ask for Ken Waddell or Eoin Devereux or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .