Campfire, cigarette spark southern Alberta grass fires

By Lethbridge News Now (Dori Modney)
August 2, 2017 - 9:43am Updated: August 2, 2017 - 10:26am

LETHBRIDGE -   Fire investigators have determined the Tuesday afternoon grass fire near Lethbridge started as a result of a campfire that was not properly extinguished.
 
A total of four stations and 17 fire personnel responded to the fire in the Alexander Wilderness Park area of north Lethbridge at approximately 2:30 p.m.   They were able to quickly contain the spread of the fire in the river valley, assisted by a north-east wind.

There were no injuries and no loss of property.

Residents are reminded that there is a city-wide fire ban in place due to extremely dry condition. The ban is in effect for all open fires within the City of Lethbridge including campfires and backyard fire pits.

Elsewhere, a grass fire near the southern Alberta community of Tilley over the weekend was caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette, officials say.

Twenty-five firefighters and nine firetrucks responded to a fire that scorched around 120 acres of grass on Sunday afternoon.

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