Edmonton Fire Rescue is working with Police to try and find out what caused a series of fires.
There were four blazes near the river valley in southwest Edmonton. One of them blew embers onto the roofs of three houses, prompting firefighters to respond to those house fires as well, with significant damage done to two of them.
Fire Chief Ken Block tells 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen the brush fires don’t seem accidental.
“Our investigators are working with EPS arson detectives to follow up, certainly they were unusual in their location and how close together these events were.”
Until the investigation is done, Block says people in the river valley should be a little extra cautious with all that dry brush around.
“They do need to be vigilant and aware, and ensure that they’re looking after the growth on their property, and do their part in trying to make those homes as fire smart as possible.”
There is a fire ban in effect, which means not backyard fire pits, open burning, or barbecues with solid fuels. Block says there are too many people ignoring that, as they had to respond to 100 fire pit complaints on the weekend. (kdr,rj)