Canadian village evacuated as grass fire rages

Canadian village evacuated as grass fire rages

9 February 2006

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OTTAWA — A village of about 660 residents in Canada’s Alberta province was evacuated Thursday after it was threatened by a massive grass fire.

Smoke filled the sky in the vicinity of Carseland Village, about 40 km southeast of the province’s industrial center Calgary.The fire was visible as far as 40 km away, Canadian Television reported.

Besides all residents of the village, some people who live nearby have also been evacuated. A golf course which lies on the opposite side of the local Bow River could also be in jeopardy as gusting winds fan the blaze, the report said.

There have been no injuries reported as a result of the fire.

Much of Alberta has experienced warmer than normal temperatures this winter, coupled with little or no snow, the report added. 


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