Fire crews tackle large grass fire near 401

Firefighters are on scene of a rapid spreading grass fire near the 401 overpass on Highbury Avenue South.

London fire says they received numerous calls about a fire that broke out in a field next to the westbound 401 on-ramp around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Windy conditions make dousing the fire difficult, though crews are reporting most of the fire was put out just before 6 p.m.

Multiple fire units are putting out hot spots to keep flames away from the Buchanan electrical substation and Peterbilt facility.

Fire officials say approximately five acres of land is burned.

Ontario Provincial Police restricted access to the 401 near Highbury for the time being.

More to come. 

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