Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:28

R.M. of Swift Current firefighters put out two grass fires in three days

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R.M. of Swift Current firefighters had to deal with strong winds while they worked to bring a grass fire under control north of Swift Current on May 21. R.M. of Swift Current firefighters had to deal with strong winds while they worked to bring a grass fire under control north of Swift Current on May 21. Photo submitted

Dry conditions remain a concern for the R.M. of Swift Current Fire Department, as members of this volunteer fire department had to deal with two grass fires in the past three days.

 

On May 19 the department responded with six firefighters and two trucks to a grass fire located three miles north on Highway 32 along the railway tracks.

Fire Chief Louis Cherpin said the fire did not have much time to spread.

“We were able to get to the scene quickly,” he mentioned in a media release. “It took us approximately one hour to extinguish and another hour to put out the hot spots.”

On May 21 the fire department received a call at around 1:15 p.m. about a grass fire eight miles north of Swift Current along Highway 4. It responded with two fire trucks and eight firefighters.

“High winds played havoc in the efforts to control the fire,” Cherpin said.

With the help of neighbours and the R.M. of Saskatchewan Landing, the firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within two hours and to have it extinguished in four hours.

On their way to this grass fire the R.M. of Swift Current firefighters also stopped briefly to put out another fire in the ditch next to the highway.

“Again we would like to ask that all people take extreme caution in the rural area as it is very dry out there right now,” Cherpin said.

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Matthew Liebenberg

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