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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.



Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 at 4/23/2014 6:11:19 PM
Source: Patrick Burles-- Country 95 News
 
 
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