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BREAKING: Foothills fire responds to grass fire near Priddis

Quick response and teamwork credited for limiting damage
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Fire crews were called to a grass fire Friday afternoon.

The call came in around 4:30 p.m. April 30 of a grass fire near 186 Ave. W and 176 Ave. W, just west of the Highway 22 and 22x intersection.

The fire started when a link in a power line malfunction and sparked, said Foothills deputy chief Scott Young.

Despite strong winds, responders were able to contain the fire quickly before it threatened an adjacent residence, he added.

As of 5:30 p.m. crews had extinguished the flames and were monitoring hot spots.

"We got quick knockdown, all the guys worked exceptionally hard," Young said.

Firefighters from Foothills' Priddis and Heritage Pointe halls responded, as well Turner Valley Fire Dept.

While the fire was caused by a power pole, Young urged Foothills residents to exercise caution going into warmer weather.

"I think everybody just needs to be cognizant of the fact there's a fire ban on," he said.

"Conditions are exceptionally dry, with very low humidity and high temperatures coming."


Brent Calver

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