Grenfell, SK Prairie Fires, Oct 1910
BIG PRAIRIE FIRE.
OVER SEVENTY-SQUARE MILES BURNED OVER IN GRENFELL DISTRICT -- MUCH HAY DESTROYED.
Grenfell, Sask., Oct. 16. -- A prairie fire started yesterday afternoon about five miles east of here on the north side of the track, and with a stiff breeze blowing it spread with great rapidity. A large number os farmers turned out to fight the fire, which lasted all night, and has been burning fiercely today. The loss to farmers will be heavy, especially in the matter of feed, as many stacks of hay were destroyed.
Late the afternoon the fire had reached the Indian agency and had also travelled east of Broadview. Over seventy square miles have been burned over. It is supposed that the fire was started through the carelessness of some land seekers who were driving over the Indian reserve, and it has been suggested that steps be taken to prosecute them.
A spark from an engine passing through Grenfell shortly before noon today started a fire in town, which caused considerable excitement, and required a large number of men to put it out. The damage was not serious.
Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1910-10-17