C.B. firefighters battle dozens of grass fires

Firefighters in Cape Breton are scrambling to deal with grass fires.

In the last two days, 54 fires have been set in Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Firefighters put on a public awareness campaign in schools this year, but the number of fires remains high.

“With the warm spring we had last year, we had an earlier start to the grass fire season,” said Brent Denny, deputy fire chief. “This year it is delayed a bit but as the last couple of days have proved it certainly is going to become a problem.”

Last year, firefighters responded to more than 1,200 grass fires in CBRM.

Fire officials suspect 60 per cent of those fires were set by school-aged children.

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