Quick response by the Cochrane Fire Service has again made a difference in keeping a fire from spreading rapidly. This time, it was a grass fire just north of Hwy. 1A on the Horse Creek Rd.
The fire services responded to the fire at about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and were able to stop it from spreading towards nearby residences.
Captain Jory Jenson, of the fire service, said their six-men crew was able to contain the blaze before it could reach a 60-bail wall of fuel and prevent it from gaining any further momentum. The fire started slowly but as the wind increased, so did its potential to grow.
“Grass fires can seem innocent, but when they gain heat and speed they start to perpetuate themselves,” Jenson explained.
The fire burned about eight acres of field and took the fire service an hour to extinguish, estimates Jenson. Besides chewing up some grassland it did take a fence in its run.
Jenson said it is early for a grass fire, but if we don’t receive enough precipitation this spring there is always the possible of a fire ban being issued.
The quick dispatch by the fire service has been credited with preventing fires from causing extensive damage within the last month.
When compost caught on fire just outside of a garage of a Cochrane residence, Feb. 23, the fire service was quick to be on the scene. It had the potential of spreading into a structural fire.
The same could be said of a shop of OnGrowing Works, Feb. 20. While that structure was completely destroyed, the neighbouring building to the north, also part of the company, was threatened action by the service kept the damage to a minimum.
Earlier that same month, the fire chief Mac deBeaudrap praised his firefighters for taking quick action at the Studio West Bronze Foundry fire, Feb. 3.