3 fires may be just the start


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May 24, 2016 12:08 PM

Blazes, like the one pictured, are plaguing local firefighters.

The Britannia Wilton Fire Department was called out to three separate fires last week, the first of which happened on May 16 when a grass fire threatened multiple structures and residents south of Lone Rock.

Crews managed to get the blaze under control after a few hours of fighting in the face of gusting winds that kept changing direction.

“It was a yard fire and just to speak to how dry conditions are, the gentleman that owned the property was simply mowing his lawn and probably hit a rock, sparked it, and it took off,” said Capt. Aaron Buckingham last week.

“So it’s very, very dry out there, which is why the fire bans are still in effect, and until we get some significant rainfall, the fire bans will remain in effect—it’s volatile to say the least.”

Buckingham said the fire spread quickly, but the crew was able to put it out before it wrecked any buildings or hurt any of the nearby residents.
The crews were dispatched again the next night to a vehicle fire on Highway 3 north east of Lloydminster, where they found a tractor trailer with its rear tires and chassis ablaze and a grass fire spreading into the ditch.

The fire was quickly put out, though the trailer unit suffered significant damage and the road was closed in both directions for about two hours.
As of last week the cause of the fire was still unknown.

The third fire of the week was dispatched the afternoon of May 18 north of Alcurve on Highway 3 where a small fire was extinguished in the ditch.
Buckingham said people should pay attention to fire bans and make sure they follow the rules to keep everyone safe.

“The Sandy Beach Regional Park is still under a full fire ban, so no fires are allowed within the Sandy Beach Regional Park at any time,” he said last week.

“There is only one small sector of Saskatchewan today that isn’t under an extreme fire hazard, so make sure you talk to local government, check out some websites, make sure you see if there’s a fire ban in the region your going to.”

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