May 5, 2013 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – At 16:33 hours (4:30 PM) the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a large grass fire near several acreages located in the NE part of the city, east of the QE #2 Highway.
On arrival crews found grass and brush burning quickly and threatening nearby homes and out buildings. From a distance a large plume of smoke could be seen high into the sky.
Due to the size and rapid growth of the fire, additional firefighters and apparatus were dispatched to the scene from Crossfield and Cochrane Fire Departments as well as Rocky View County fire stations located in Balzac, Madden and Irricana.
The winds at the time drove the fire from the south to the north as it quickly consumed approximately 30 acres of grass lands. Crews worked quickly to contain the fire and residents were put on alert to evacuate if required. Residents assisted firefighters by wetting down the grass adjacent to their homes and sheds.
36 firefighters with 16 pieces of apparatus, including bush buggies, water tenders and engine crews attended the incident. Two firefighters received minor injuries and were treated on scene.
The Airdrie Fire Department would like to thank all mutual aid partners for their support.
The cause and damage estimates of the fire remain under investigation.
Please remember that conditions are extremely dry and remain volatile. 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.
Chief Kevin Weinberger
(403)948-8800 ext. 7881