Monday, August 3, 2015

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responds to single motorcycle collision and grass fire

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to two calls on Sunday August 2.  The first was a grass fire that occurred near the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 785.  The second incident was a single motorcycle collision at the entrance of Lundbeck.

The grass fire occurred south of Highway 3 close to the junction of Highway 785, northeast of Pincher Creek.  The fire was accidentally started, according to Deputy Fire Chief Pat Neumann.  Crews responded from Beaver Mines, Pincher Creek, and Cowley brought their tender.  Crews kept the fire contained to an area of approximately 500 feet by 250 feet.  "We had crews on scene for quite a while dealing with hot spots," said Neumann, who also warned that hot dry weather conditions are making the area more susceptible for fire hazard.

Later the same Sunday at approximately 3:00 pm PCES responded to a single motorcycle incident at the entrance to Lundbreck, which is northwest of Pincher Creek.  The sole rider was transported by ambulance to Pincher Creek Heath Centre and was then taken by STARS air ambulance to Calgary. PCES responded out of Pincher Creek and Lundbreck Fire Hall also attended the scene.

The fire advisory is posted on the Alberta Fire Ban website.  The advisory reads in part as;
Hot, dry weather plus maturing of grass and crops has resulted in an increase in the fire hazard. Use caution in operations and be prepared for a fire if a start occurs. Call 911 quickly. An early response helps keep fires small.
We are not restricting permits at this time, but will consider restrictions if the hot, dry weather continues.
Related link:  Alberta Fire Bans 

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