Firefighters battle grass fires & warn of dry conditions

 Firefighters battle grass fires & warn of dry conditions

20 April 2009

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Canada — Firefighters in Alberta are warning residents to be mindful of dry conditions after a weekend of battling grass fires.

West of Edmonton, a supervised burn in a barrel got out of control on Sunday and started a grass fire that engulfed three old farm buildings.

In southern Alberta, there were three separate fires that burned about 100 hectares of land.

The Calgary Fire Department battled the blazes with 18 pieces of apparatus alongside Redwood Meadows, Okotoks, Priddis and Turner Valley Fire Departments. There were no injuries or structures lost, but several power poles were damaged.

Calgary police believe the fires may have been started by a tossed cigarette.

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