Car­bon stub­ble fire prompts investigation

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, May 1, a stub­ble fire broke out north­west of Car­bon.

The fire was brought to a con­trolled burn within 45 min­utes. Farm­ers took to heavy har­row­ing to help mit­i­gate the spread of flames be­fore it could cross over the 575 High­way.

“It was a pretty large fire so we called for Acme and Lin­den to as­sist with that,” said Car­bon Fire Chief Jody Kran­zler.

Car­bon, Acme, Lin­den, Three Hills, and Drumheller fire de­part­ments re­sponded to the in­ci­dent. RCMP was also on scene to stop traf- fic as the smoke was too thick and the di­rec­tion of the fire was con­cern­ing.

“We made a pretty big stand at the high­way with five or six trucks there all at one time when the fire reached it,” said Kran­zler.

It burned ap­prox­i­mately 3 miles long by 1 mile wide with no homes in dan­ger. It ended at the in­ter­sec­tion of High­way 575 and High­way 836 South into Car­bon.

“There was an old grain bin that got lost in the fire but it has been sit­ting there for a hun­dred years,” said Kran­zler.

The cause of the fire re­mains un­der investigation.

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