At least 7 fire departments and over 100 firefighters are out west of Redcliff this evening, battling multiple grass fires.
Cypress County’s Deputy Fire Chief Ray Gradwell says there are 7 different grass fires in the area, most of which were started by lightning. As of 8 o’clock Thursday evening, they were being held.
Shifting winds caused difficulties for the crews, and led to unfounded reports of a tornado in the area. Environment Canada says they suspect people assumed smoke to be funnel clouds.
Though the blaze is not threatening homes or people, livestock were quickly rushed to safety across the highways. Highway 524 is currently shut down and crews are stationed on Range Road 93.
There are multiple oil and gas wells in the area, so those companies were out making sure it was safe for firefighters to do their work.
The Konosky family, who ranches in the area, says strangers showed up to lend a hand, and they are grateful for the support of their community.
There is no estimate on a size at this point.
This fire comes just days after a massive grass fire in the Onefour area about 50km south of Elkwater. Gradwell says crews were still on scene there, when they had to be transported north. Many of the local fire departments are run solely by volunteers.
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