Three local fire departments had their hands full with a grass fire yesterday (March 30).
It erupted about two miles south of Okotoks near Highway 783 around 3 p.m.
Okotoks Deputy Fire Chief Dave Hodgins said it was spread across a few properties, but mostly limited to fields.
“This grass fire encompassed several properties. No damage to structures, but there was some light damage to some storage in some yards. There were no injuries.”
He says they have received help from neighboring municipalities.
“With Okotoks, we had two of our logging trucks there, a tender and an engine. We also used a logging truck and tender from High River, and a logging truck and tender from Turner Valley to help out.
Luckily the staff were able to stop it from spreading too far.
“Once the crews arrived they were able to knock it down fairly quickly. Due to the winds it traveled about another 100 yards but it didn’t involve any other property at the time.”
March is the start of wildfire season in Alberta, with grass fires starting and spreading easily across the dry prairies, often aided by strong winds.
“Conditions are quite prevalent for grass fires at this time due to dry grass conditions… The elimination of cigarettes and the use of burn barrels in the county should all be used with caution at this time. “
Hodgins estimates Okotoks crews have seen four or five grass fires in the past few weeks.
He says that and a fire that destroyed a large storage shed just over a week ago are the biggest they have seen so far in 2022.
In total, the teams remained on site for about three hours.
An investigation into the cause is still ongoing.