After battling a wildfire all weekend, firefighters can start to breathe a sigh of relief.
Two grass fires started on Saturday afternoon (May 12) just north of the Town of Bruderheim. The fire in Lamont County as of 9 a.m. Monday (May 14) was deemed as contained.
“The fire on our side of the secondary 830, we’ve got it contained and the majority extinguished. We do have hot spots which are expected because of the growth and the natural area there, but we had a lot of equipment and personnel on scene,” said Lamont County regional fire chief, David Zayonce. “We also were going back and forth helping Strathcona County and vice versa. We have a great partnership with them. It was quite a monumental effort on everybody’s part. But very, very impressed by everybody’s hard work.”
Crews are still patrolling the area and keeping an eye on things to make sure the situation does not get out of hand.
“One concern for us today is that it is supposed to be 28 C, so with that and the humidity level being really low, that’s a perfect prime fire chemistry, where if something happens it can happen at that point and our worst fear on top of that is the wind,” said Zayonce.
The fire was between two range roads and roughly four kilometres by six kilometres wide.
“It was a long weekend, but hopefully the worst is over and I know it is,” he said.
More to come on the large fire still being held in Strathcona County.