Saturday, August 29, 2015

PCES responds to two field fires

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) recently responded to two fires in the Pincher Creek area.  Both were probably started as a result of machines working in fields.

The first fire occurred approximately 6 kilometres east of Highway 6 adjacent to Kerr Road on Monday, August 25 at approximately 1:00 pm.  PCES Chief Dave Cox said approximately 10 acres was consumed.  "They lost some swaths."  Pincher Fire responded with three engines, Beaver Mines Fire Hall responded, and the MD of Pincher Creek sent a water truck in to help battle the blaze.

At approximately  2:30 pm the following day, Tuesday, August 26,  another fire started close to Highway 6 approximately 6 kilometres south of Pincher Creek.  PCES responded with two engines.  The fire was contained to an area of 120' by 80'.  "It was a small part of one field," said Deputy Chief Pat Neumann.

"Anytime you are at 20% relative humidity or lower, you are at higher risk of fires igniting," said Neumann.  "It's typical time of year when things are as dry as it is..  Things are so dry now, sometimes little sparks can cause a fire."  Neumann said the last four grass fires the department has responded to have been between 1:00 to 4:00 pm, a time of day when relative humidity is usually at its lowest point of the day.

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