• Lorna Hamilton

County Of Vermilion River Had Multiple FiresIn First Week Of Spring

Kirk Hughes, Director of Protective Services for the County of Vermilion reported that the first weekend of spring was a busy one for the County of Vermilion Firefighters.

On March 19 at approximately 3:54 p.m. multiple alarm assignments were sent to Paradise Valley, Blackfoot, Kitscoty as well as mutual aid from Legacy Rural for a large commercial structure fire just north of Rivercourse. A storage facility with numerous farm implements, tractors, motor vehicles and tools was found on fire by the responding crews.

“Crews worked to contain the spread and extinguish the fire, which lasted several hours. Fire crews from Marwayne, Islay and Vermilion covered the district in case of additional calls. The fire is not suspicious,” commented Hughes.

Additionally, on March 21 at approximately 2:32 a.m. another structure fire in the Blackfoot area was attended by a County Engine, Tender Rescue, Command and County Truck, alongside RCMP, AHS and Utilities. The fire was contained to the garage and not deemed suspicious.

“Working smoke alarms certainly saved property and likely lives this weekend”, said County Fire Chief Kirk Hughes. “Crews responded quickly which made an impact on the spread of both fires”.

The County of Vermilion River reminds residents to check their smoke alarms and fire smart their properties from wildfires.

With spring here the risk of wildfires and grass fires increase due to the dryer conditions and Hughes comments that the County of Vermilion River is at an increased risk because our villages and homes border on large agricultural and forested lands.

“This is what makes these regions so attractive to most, our accessibility to the outdoors,” said Hughes. He went on to say that historically, we’ve seen large grassfires over the last few years, but certainly nothing that would jeopardize the communities.