Wednesday , 25 May 2022
Crews worked Monday morning to extinguish a blaze south of Highway 55. Image credit: Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority.

BRFA crews work to put out wildland fire near HWY 55

Multiple Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority fire crews worked to extinguish a fast moving wildland fire on Monday and an investigation is ongoing to discover the cause.

Just before 10:00am on Monday morning, Station 2 Goodridge, Station 4 Iron River, and Station 6 La Corey responded to a wildland fire in the area of Highway 55 and Range Road 471, northwest of Bonnyville.

In a statement, Fire Chief Dan Heney said the fire was threatening a camp trailer and several quads.

“High winds from the southeast drove the fire quickly across a piece of farmland, but away from the campsite,” said Heney.

He said the fire was stopped at a side-branch of Manatokan Creek and brought under control fairly quickly, said Heney.

An extensive overhaul of the burned areas with the help of local farmers and Alberta Ag & Forestry was completed to ensure the fire was out.

“An investigation is still underway, but we believe the fire was caused by left over embers from a campfire on the weekend that were flared up by the wind,” said Heney.

Approximately one hectare of land was burned, with some damage to the trailer and a camp outbuilding.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.