Firefighters kept busy Tuesday in County of 40 Mile

By Charles Lefebvre
July 11, 2018 - 11:09am Updated: July 11, 2018 - 6:44pm


BOW ISLAND, AB — The Bow Island Fire Department were kept busy Tuesday afternoon, responding to a pair of grass fires in the County of 40 Mile.

Firefighters responded to a grass fire near the intersection of Highway 879 and Highway 524 at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. According to a post, the fire was largely extinguished by the time crews arrived on scene, and two units from Cypress County’s Box Springs Station assisted with the call.

While putting out hot spots, crews were called to a second grass fire, which happened south of Highway 3 on Highway 885 at approximately 3 p.m. In addition to crews from the County of 40 Mile, firefighters from Seven Persons, Etzikom and several local residents also helped assist with fighting the fire.

“It’s insanely important to have all of the local help,” said County of 40 Mile Fire Chief Dustin McGarry. “They’re the people who call in the fires, and they’re usually the first on scene. What they do greatly impacts the outcome of the fire.”

After two-and-a-half hours, and battling high winds, the fire was brought under control. The only damage was scorched grass and some fence lines in the area.

McGarry believe the fire was started by lightning.

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