Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to a grass fire in a ditch near Highway 6 and Highway 505 south of Pincher Creek earlier today, Tuesday, August 11, at approximately 1:00 pm. The fire was quickly contained, and the cause is yet to be determined. PCES responded with Engines 11 and 43. PCES Chief Dave Cox said hot dry weather is curing grass, creating conditions that allow fire to spread rapidly. At this point in time the fire department is being restrictive regarding issuing fire permits.
A Fire Advisory continues for the MD of Pincher Creek. According to albertafirebans.ca "The hot, dry weather continues. Curing of grass and crops has added to the risk of fire. Use caution in all operations as fires will start easily and spread rapidly upslope and with the wind. All fire permits are cancelled and no more will be issued until conditions improve. This does not apply to fire pit permits for approved fire pits. Remember, all fires require a permit. If you have a fire or see a fire call quickly. We have a better chance of stopping a fire if we can catch it while it is small."