NANTON: Fortis Alberta is working with emergency crews to determine exactly what
started a blaze east of Nanton on Wednesday. They are investigating reports that
snapped power lines sparked a fire which may have, in turn, started grass
and structure fires in the area.
RCMP have confirmed units from five-fire departments (High River, Okotoks,
Stavely, Vulcan and Nanton) worked on a large fire which they believe resulted
from a downed power line.
The fire started just south of Nanton and burned about 60-square kilometres.
At least three homes were burned to some degree but, a full tally of damaged
buildings won't be available for a while. Some fire crews remained on watch for further flareups. There were no major injuries other than
one woman treated for breathing difficulty.
During the peak of Wednesday's wind storm, more than 1500 Fortis Power customers
lost power. However, Fortis spokesperson, Jennifer MacGowan, confirmed to
Country-95 News that most power was back up by mid afternoon.
MacGowan cautions that if you come across a downed line, you need to stay at
least 10-metres away and call 310-WIRE.