Multiple grass fires keep firefighters busy

On Sunday, Stettler Regional Fire Department Station 1 was called to a structure fire and grassfire at 8:40 a.m., north of Gadsby.

On Sunday, Stettler Regional Fire Department Station 1 was called to a structure fire and grassfire at 8:40 a.m., north of Gadsby.

A small pump house had started fire, causing the grass surrounding it to also ignite.

Although the pump house was a total loss, the quick actions of homeowners managed to stop the fire from spreading into nearby fields.

About one acre of grass was burnt, and fire crews extinguished small spot fires and doused the perimeter of the fire.

No injuries were reported and the cause was deemed to be an electrical problem.

Also on Sunday, Station 1 was called to assist Stettler EMS with establishing a landing zone for the STARS helicopter at about 5 p.m.

Fire crews arrived to the residence north of Stettler, but a decision was made to transport the patient by ground ambulance for a STARS landing at the Stettler Hospital.

Last Wednesday, stations 1 and 2 responded to a grass fire at about 4:30 p.m. Fire crews arrived north of Big Valley to extinguish a grass fire in a field caused by a mower blade hitting a rock, causing sparks. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

On Saturday, April 27, stations 1 and 3 responded to a grass fire. At 2:40 p.m., fire crews were called to a field fire east of Donalda, just off Highway 53. Due to high winds at the time, the fire quickly spread and crews worked into the night extinguishing the blaze.

Some hay bales were lost due to the fire, but no structures were damaged. No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

Also on April 27, stations 1and 3 responded to a grass fire at 7 p.m. While fire crews were extinguishing the previous grass fire, a 911 call stated a farmyard and residence were being threatened by a fast-moving grass fire.

Quick work by homeowners and fire crews stopped the fire from doing extensive damage to the property. Fire crews returned to the first fire to finish extinguishing it.

On Sunday, April 28, stations 1 and 2 responded to a structure fire.

At about 1:30 p.m., fire crews were called to a garage fire south of Stettler on Range Road 19-1. Fuel tanks near the structure were on fire and it was threatening the nearby residence.

Crews worked to get the blaze under control and although the garage was a loss, as well as the items inside, no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known.

— Fire & Rescue Report

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