Cy­press County grass­fire takes hours Wed­nes­day to put out

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST - GIL­LIAN SLADE gslade@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNGil­lianSlade

A grass­fire in Cy­press County took hours to ex­tin­guish on Wed­nes­day evening.

The fire was near the in­ter­sec­tion of Hwy 41 N and Range Road 33, al­most half way to Schuler, said John McBain deputy fire chief Cy­press County.

The cause is un­de­ter­mined at this stage but it started at the edge of the high­way, said McBain. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing but pos­si­ble causes in­clude a cig­a­rette or sparks from a ve­hi­cle.

“It burned ap­prox­i­mately a mile long by 200 to 300 me­tres wide,” said McBain.

Some­one driv­ing on Hwy 41 saw the fire and called in about 5:30 p.m. Fire­fight­ers fi­nally ex­tin­guished all the hot spots by 9 p.m.

Lots of smok­ing cow turds can re­main hot for a long time.

“Oh, they burn for­ever,” said McBain.

One of the chal­lenges in fighting a fire like this is gain­ing ac­cess to the area that is burn­ing.

“The ac­cess on that one was a lit­tle off due to the ter­rain. There was some, a cou­ple, ditches and some big­ger hills that we had to ma­noeu­vre around but for the most part it wasn’t too bad,” said McBain.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO MATHEW MAHOOD

A grass­fire burned in Cy­press County, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Hwy 41 N and Range Road 33, on Wed­nes­day evening. Cy­press County deputy fire chief John McBain es­ti­mates the fire cov­ered an area about one mile long by 200 to 300 me­tres wide.

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