The Olds Fire Department would like to remind rural residents to be aware of the conditions prior to any burning activity, as high fuel loads from dead grass along with high winds can create volatile conditions. Please refer to the Mountain View County website for the latest information relating to fire permits or bans.
The Olds Fire Department was called to an outside fire reported in the Eagle Hill area of Mountain View County on Sunday, April 7th at about 3:45pm.
Upon arrival, crews found a large grass fire that was threatening buildings - including the house, large barn, farm equipment and a holiday trailer.
The fire spanned an area of approximately 50 acres and consumed mainly grass/pasture. There was a loss to corral structures in the yard and fence, but no animals were present.
The Olds Fire Department requested assistance from Sundre and Bowden Fire Departments for the use of their all-terrain fire vehicles. Fire Chief Justin Andrew notes access was extremely limited due to the soft thaw conditions.
He says fire trucks were not able to access the pasture area at all because the ground was too soft.
A total of 30 firefighters were involved for approximately five hours.
Andrew says the cause of the fire was accidental in nature. It was found to originate from a refuse burning area.