Carbon stubble fire prompts investigation
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.