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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two grass fires in two days near Pincher Creek

PCES and Fortis at site of grass fire on Hwy 22 earlier today
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  • Fire Advisory Notice in effect for M.D. of Pincher Creek No. 9

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) doused two grass fires in as many days. "There is a fire advisory on, we've had it posted on the the Fire Ban website," said PCES Chief Dave Cox who said he would like to remind the public to be cautious.


The first of the two fires happened at approximately 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 15 at the south end of the Porcupine Hills east of the Snake Trail.  Five acres were affected when a burning pile got out of control.  Four units responded with Pincher Creek sending two engines, and Cowley sending an engine and a tender.

The second fire happened at approximately 10:00 am today, April 16, along Highway 22 approximately 3 miles north of the Highway 3 junction.  A power line snapped and although it did not hit the ground it started a grass fire.  The fire was spotted, reported, and contained by area landowners who kept it from spreading.  Fortis was alerted and sent a crew to shut down the power and repair the line.  PCES responded with two units.

From albertafirebans.ca :

Fire Advisory Notice: M.D. of Pincher Creek No. 9

The snow is gone and the forecast of warm, windy, dry conditions with a high component of cured grass fuel has returned us to a fire hazard.  Use caution in any operations. If a fire starts call 911 as soon as possible.

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