Baler, grass fires keep crews on alert

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  • Oct. 5, 2011 11:00 a.m.

AMANDA SPENSLEY

Stettler Regional Fire Rescue

Last Wednesday, Stettler Regional Fire Rescue responded to a grass fire at about 3 p.m.

The fire occurred about two miles southeast of town, and was caused by a baler throwing sparks. The owner worked quickly to prevent the fire from spreading, and when fire crews arrived on the scene, the only loss was a bale of hay and less than half an acre of dry stubble.

Later that same day, Stettler Regional Fire Rescue was called out to a single-vehicle incident. At about 4:30 p.m., a car entered the ditch to avoid hitting farm machinery and hit an approach north of town at the intersection of Range Road 19-5 and 39-4 on Tower Road.

The lone occupant of the car received non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to the Stettler hospital, while the driver of the farm equipment wasn’t injured.

A week ago Sunday (Sept. 25), Stettler Regional Fire Rescue responded to a small grass fire north of Highway 601 at about 9:30 p.m.

Sparks from a combine had started a couple of small grass fires in a field and crews were able to keep the fires from spreading.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

The previous day, Stettler fire crews responded to a baler fire on the Sandan Road, west of Erskine, at about 5:30 p.m. Although crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to the field, the baler suffered heavy fire damage and several bales were destroyed in the incident.

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