Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fire north of Pincher Creek consumes 40 acres

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a grass fire one mile west of Highway 785 north of Pincher Creek at approximately 12:25 pm on Friday, September 18.  An evacuation order was started due to winds driving the fire toward nearby residences,  however that order was stood down as the crews got the fire under control.  The area affected was pasture land, with some grain, grass and stubble lost.  Approximately 40 acres were consumed in the blaze.  Pincher Creek Emergency Services, Beaver Mines Fire Hall, Peigan Fire Hall, and RCMP attended the scene.  PCES Chief Dave Cox said there was support from the agricultural community through the use of tractors and water trucks and the manpower driving them.  Chief Cox said the fire most likely started due to a spark from equipment working in the field.

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