Since July 14 Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) has dealt with three minor incidents - one bale fire, one tree fire, and one vehicular accident. Both fires have been attributed to probable lightning strikes.
On Tuesday, July 14, at 2:30 pm PCES responded to a bale fire south of town. The bale was still in the field so it did not affect any other bales. Crews opened the bale and put out the fire. The fire was likely caused by a lightning strike.
On Wednesday, July 15, at approximately 4:10 pm PCES responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 3 approximately 5 km east of Pincher Creek. According to Chief David Cox the incident was minor, with no one at the scene when PCES arrived to find one vehicle in the ditch.
On Thursday, July 16, at approximately 11:56 am in Pincher Creek PCES responded to a tree on fire. The fire probably started due to a lightning strike, and rain helped keep it under control until fire crews arrived. Related story: Pincher Creek resident's tree struck by lightning