Fire near Fort Saskatchewan extinguished – FortSaskOnline.com

Fire near Fort Saskatchewan extinguished - FortSaskOnline.com
Crews battle hot spots in grass fire northeast of Edmonton
Emergency crews were called to battle a grass fire on the eastern outskirts of Edmonton Thursday afternoon.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., emergency crews were called to a grass fire in the area of Range Road 233 and Township Road 522. The area is located just east of Anthony Henday Drive, north of Highway 14.

There are no houses in the area, RCMP said. The fire was under control by 5 p.m., Strathcona County fire said.

About 28 firefighters were on scene Thursday. Crews were expected to be on scene through the night to put out hot spots.

A grass fire was burning in the area of Range Road 233, in the area of Township Road 522 in Sherwood Park Thursday, April 25, 2019..

A grass fire was burning in the area of Range Road 233, in the area of Township Road 522 in Sherwood Park Thursday, April 25, 2019..

A grass fire was burning in the area of Range Road 233, in the area of Township Road 522 in Sherwood Park Thursday, April 25, 2019..

The blaze came one day after a grass fire broke out in northern Strathcona County, just east of Fort Saskatchewan. On Wednesday evening, firefighters from four jurisdictions were called to the area of Range Road 220 just south of Township Road 554. The area is located about five kilometres east of Fort Saskatchewan.

About 20 firefighters from Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan remained on scene Thursday morning, putting out hot spots.

Watch below: Crews from multiple jurisdictions were called to a grass fire in Strathcona County Wednesday night.

About 20 firefighters remain on the scene of a grass fire that started Wednesday in the Fort Saskatchewan area.

The fire, near Range Road 220 just south of Township Road 554, was deemed to be under control around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, though crews remained on scene overnight to watch for flare ups, said Vern Elliott, deputy fire chief of Strathcona County.

Firefighters from Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County, Bruderheim and Lamont were called out to the fire around 6 p.m.

"We have air support through a couple of helicopters that will be dropping water on some of those hot spots," Elliott said on Thursday.

The helicopters will focus on the middle of the fire area, while firefighters will check the perimeter, "making sure it doesn't get any bigger," he said.

Since March 1, Strathcona County has received more than 22 reports of outside fires, which Elliott said it a typical number based on previous years.

While conditions are dry, Elliott said cooler air temperatures are helping to keep grass fires from moving quickly.

Firefighters are not having to deal with a condition called "crossover" — where the relative humidity dips below the temperature, he said.

He urged people in the Edmonton region to use caution when disposing of cigarettes, when riding ATV's, and with backyard fire pits.

"We do ask all residents to really consider what they're doing when it comes to combustible materials, and to be a little more cautious until things green up a little bit or we get some moisture," Elliott said.

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