Edmonton Fire Rescue continues to tackle small brush fires in and around the city. The latest was called in at 5:45 Thursday evening in the wooded area between Kinsmen and Queen Elizabeth parks in the river valley. Spokesperson for Edmonton Fire Rescue Shani Gwin describes the response.
“We sent about four units and sixteen fire fighters the fire was under control in about 45 minutes by 6:26 pm.”
She adds that one unit remained once the fire was under control to douse any hot spots and ensure the fire was extinguished completely.
The next phase is an investigation.
“Investigation usually takes about a day or two to sort out damages and a cause.”
In this case there’s little damage, as there was no structures affected, just woodland and grass.
Gwin says it is imperative that people obey the province wide fire ban. She says crews have responded to dozens of reported back-yard fires, and that when a fire truck rolls to attend a banned fire, by-law is not far behind with a minimum $250 fine.
“One person was issued a mandatory court appearance and a judge can determine a fine of up to $10,000 in that circumstance.”