Update, Aug. 1 7:56 a.m. The Drumhelelr Fire Department is asking people to be careful after a second grassfire is three days.
 
A total of 19 firefighters, along with four pieces of equipment, responded to a call just after 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31 from Midland Provincial Park.
 
They put out a small grassfire before it could get out of control.
 
The cause is still under investigation, but the area is popular with tourists and local hikers.
 
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Fire crews from several area departments were called out on Sunday, July 30 to combat a big grassfire southwest of Drumheller.
 
It was called in around 2:00 p.m. and attracted crews and equipment from Drumheller, Rosedale, Munson, Rockyford and Dalum.
 
"It was kind of a tough spot to get into, but they managed to get in there and keep it from spreading into a crop," reported Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade. "It involved a few trees, which was a little concerning, but they got it all out (with) lots of manpower and lots of work."
 
Wade also wants to thank Alpine Helicopters of North Drumheller, which provided aerial fire spotting for the crews.
 
"It was kind of off route and there were no tracks or marks, so whether it was spontaneous combustion it's hard to tell, but it is extremely dry out," he noted.
 
"Down in the (Drumheller) valley it isn't quite a bad as what's on top," Wade noted. "You get anything that comes up out of the valley and any kind of a wind at all, they spread really quick."
 
He also asks motorists who smoke to refrain from tossing lit butts out the window as that is a major cause of grassfires.
 
Grassfire 2
 
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