From flood warnings one week, to fire bans the next. Living in Alberta is quite the whirlwind of weather, but none quite as extreme as this.
Back in April we were worrying about the Red Deer River flooding, and now we have already had our fair share of grass fires.
"That is part of the problem, nothing is growing right now so all the growth on top is dead, but the ground is so soft that we have limited access to it. It is pretty hard to combat fires when you can't even access it," advised Glen Durand, Hanna Fire Chief.
There was a large grass fire near Carbon at the intersection of highway 21 and 575 on Tuesday, and it is not only around here, Hanna has had a few scary moments as well.
"Town of Hanna responded with all the special areas, and it appeared that it started at the road. That was on Saturday, and then on Sunday we had another one north of town. A burn pit that the fire crept out of it and caught the grass on fire," explained Durand.
A grass fire differs from other fires by its extensive size, the speed at which it can spread, its potential to change direction unexpectedly and its ability to jump gaps such as roads, rivers, and fire breaks.
"Be extremely careful. We had a large one here on Tuesday, a tractor caught fire. It extended off of the tractor into the ditch, and onto a stubble field and into some grasslands. He (the farmer) did have an extinguisher, but it wasn't large enough for what he needed. Make sure that you are getting those fire extinguishers back onto your equipment, people have to be extra vigilent that is for sure," said Durand.
Before having a campfire be sure to check out whether your area is under a fire ban by following the link.