May 3, 2013 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Thursday, May 2 at 13:38 hours (1:38 PM), the Airdrie Fire Department responded to a report of a grass fire located north of the City of Airdrie at Range Road #293 (Dickson-Stevenson Trail) and Township Road #273A.
On arrival, crews found a working grass fire on a rural property which had two homes and numerous outbuildings that were vulnerable due to the rapidly moving fire. Firefighters quickly attacked the leading edge of the fire protecting all structures from any possible damage.
Once the immediate risk was controlled, crews focused their efforts on extinguishing the remainder of the fire which had now spread into adjacent grasslands, trees and hedges. Approximately two acres of grassland were scorched by the blaze. Due to the quick actions of crews, damage was minimal and isolated to a few fence posts.
Five pieces of apparatus and nine firefighters were on scene for approximately three hours. Two firefighters and a Bush Buggy unit remain on scene dousing any remaining hot spots. There were no injuries to report.
Cause of the fire has been determined as accidental ignition of dry grass due to a spark from a power tool being used to cut metal.
Until conditions improve a Level II Fire Ban remains in effect for the City of Airdrie as well as recently annexed rural lands. All residents are reminded to be extremely cautious during this time and if your outdoor work could cause any possible fire hazard please ensure that some method of fire extinguishment is nearby and at the ready.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel