On Friday, April 9, 2021 at approximately 16:14 hrs the Olds Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a feed yard fire on Twp 324 East of Rg Rd 24 in rural Mountain View County.
Olds Fire arrived to find a ground cover fire that had spread to some straw bales and an adjacent stubble field. Due to the high intensity westerly winds this fire spread quickly over an area of approximately 7-10 acres.
Firefighters from Olds and Didsbury utilized 4 rapid attack apparatus’ as well as local farm implements to encircle and cut off the forward progress of the fire before it reached a treed area and a neighbouring home.
Fifteen firefighters from Olds along with eight from Didsbury were utilized to extinguish the fire with four rapid attack trucks, two water tenders, an engine and two command units. It took firefighters approximately three hours to contain the fire and ensure extinguishment prior to departure.
There were no injuries because of the fire, and damage was limited to several straw bales and fence line. The use of a tractor and cultivator along with other tractors from neighbours greatly helped fire crews contain the fire and ensure that it was in a safe condition to prevent further spread. The cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental in nature and no further investigation is required.
The Olds Fire Department would like to remind everyone that in the current spring conditions the potential for fire is great, and to be extremely cautious when working outside in areas with dry fuel loads. Always have a water fire extinguisher in close proximity as it could save lives and property.
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