Airdrie, AB. On Monday, October 14 at 14:10 hours (2:10 p.m.), the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of grass fire located at Township Road #270 and Range Road #292.
On arrival, crews found a working wildland fire in a large field of stubble and grass 100 meters south of Yankee Valley Road. Light winds in the area at the time of the blaze assisted to fan the fire as it moved in a southeast direction consuming approximately four acres of grassland.
The Airdrie Fire Department began initial fire attack with department bush buggies. These small rapid response wildland trucks were supported on scene by the department’s large water tanker which provided a readily available onsite water supply. Two additional bush buggy units were requested to assist with firefighting efforts from both the Crossfield Fire Department and Rocky View County Fire Rescue Service. All units on scene worked towards containing the leading edge of the fire in order to limit it from progressing.
No structures were ever threatened and damage was limited to a line of fence and fence posts. Crews took approximately 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control but remained on scene late into the afternoon to ensure that that all remaining hot spots had been extinguished.
The direct cause of the fire remains undetermined. There were no injuries to report. A total of seven pieces of apparatus and 14 firefighters were on scene.
The Airdrie Fire Department reminds all residents to remain diligent during these dry fall conditions. Please be responsible when disposing of all smoking materials and never leave any outdoor burning unattended.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
(403) 948-8800 ext.7612