Grass Fire West of Lethbridge
Published September 12, 2012
Wednesday, September 12 Information
Update: 2:52 p.m. Fire crews have demobilized equipment in the staging area. Crews continue to patrol the area managing hot spots along the perimeter. The Lethbridge Fire Department had five calls reported last night for smoke along the perimeter of the fire in the burned area.
The Department thanks the public for keeping a close eye on the conditions in the fire area.
Tuesday, September 11th Information
UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. The City of Lethbridge has deactivated the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The fire is under control. Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire and will remain in place until it is fully extinguished.
We thank residents for their cooperation and applaud local agencies and regional municipalities that responded to our mutual aid call. We also thank the contractors that assisted in water hauling and fire guard construction.
And a special thank you to team members from all emergency services within Lethbridge and the surrounding area.
If residents notice any smoldering areas or flames, they are asked to call 911.
UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. The City of Lethbridge, County of Lethbridge and Town of Coalhurst have lifted the State of Local Emergency. Anyone evacuated may return to their homes. In the County of Lethbridge some homes will be without power until this evening or later.
Fire crews will continue working for another 12-24 hours to work on hot spots. The public is asked to call 911 to report hot spots.
UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. Chief Brian Cornforth, Mayor Rajko Dodic and County of Lethbridge Reeve Lorne Hickey will be available at 2 p.m. today at Fire Headquarters to update media on the status of the grass fire.
UPDATE: 10 a.m. The City of Lethbridge remains in a state of local emergency. Residents of the West Side Trailer Court may return but must show ID with address. The evacuation on BridgeView Campground has been lifted. Fire crews have the fire held and are monitoring the weather forecast. It will take a day or two before the fire is completely out.
Burn Area from September 10th
Monday, September 10th Information
UPDATE: 11:45 p.m. Media update at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.
UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. Emergency Operation Centre remains operational as fire crews work throughout the night. Communications will be posted as information becomes available.
UPDATE: 11:05 p.m. As a reminder, residents from Westside Trailer Park and Bridgeview Campground are still under evacuation.
UPDATE: 10:45 p.m. Evacuation alert has been lifted for residents in Heritage Heights, West Highlands and Indian Battle Heights.
UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. Highway 3 is now open. Everyone is asked to stay away from the area if possible to allow fire crews to do their jobs.
UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. The City of Lethbridge adjusted the local state of emergency to now apply only to the previously evacuated areas - Westside Trailer Court, Bridgeview Campground, and areas east of 30th Street West and north of Walsh Drive West - which will remain evacuated and under a state of local emergency. This adjusted state of emergency will continue to allow local fire crews to monitor hot spots.
UPDATE: 10:10 p.m. Emergency planning takes into account evacuation in the night. Door to door knocking would occur if necessary.
UPDATE: 10:05 p.m. All evacuation alerts remain in place until otherwise notified. Community safety continues to be the priority.
UPDATE: 9:55 p.m. Evacuees at both evacuation centres have found alternate accommodations for the evening. ENMAX Centre now closed. Fritz Sick will remain open.
UPDATE: 9:25 p.m. Fire is now under control but fire crews will be working through the night. Evacuation orders are still in effect and will continue until it is safe to return. Estimated size of the fire is 4,800 hectares. Over 100 responders from Lethbridge and surrounding communities. Number of tanker drops by Alberta Sustainable Resources - 1 Bird Dog Plane, 2 Helicopters, 3 Tanker Planes.
UPDATE: 9:10 p.m. Fire crews will continue to work through the night to control hot spots.
UPDATE: 8:45 p.m. Local state of emergency is still in affect for the City of Lethbridge. Fire and wind conditions will continue to be monitored through the evening.
UPDATE: 8:35 p.m. Hot spots are still burning and fire crews continue to work in various areas. Last air retardant drop has taken place for the night.
UPDATE: 8:30 p.m. Volunteer registration centre at City Hall will be closing at 9 p.m. It will reopen again if more volunteers are needed.
UPDATE: 8:10 p.m. All posted evacuations and alerts are still in place.
UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. Air operation will be making a second drop before nightfall. Ground crews continue to battle on the ground.
UPDATE: 7:25 p.m. Winds continue to gust and crews still working on ground and in the air. Evacuation alerts and evacuations remain in place.
UPDATE: 7:10 p.m. Air operations have dropped their load and are on route to Pincher Creek to refill on retardant.
UPDATE: 7 p.m. Emergency Operations Centre now gathering weather reports, air & ground crew operation reports for fire fighting planning.
UPDATE: 6:40 p.m. Air operations are currently underway. They are now dropping water in areas of the County of Lethbridge.
UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. We would like to thank all of our volunteers. We currently have enough volunteers at the evacuation centres. If you would like to volunteer at one of the evacuation centres please sign up in the City Hall Foyer not the reception centres.
UPDATE: 6:05 p.m. Fire crews continue to monitor the weather and are working on the fire west of Lethbridge. Planning at the Emergency Operations Centre is ongoing.
UPDATE: 5:50 p.m. RCMP have confirmed that Highway 3 remains closed between Lethbridge and Coalhurst.
UPDATE: 5:45 p.m. The City of Lethbridge has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Bridgeview Campground.
UPDATE: 5:25 p.m. Evacuation of the Westside Trailer Court is complete. Thank you for everyone's assistance.
UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. Evacuees with pets are asked to register at the evacuation centres and leave the animals in the car until arrangements can be made.
UPDATE: 5:10 p.m. When preparing for an evacuation, remember to take photos, important papers, ID, passports, pets & medications.
UPDATE: 5:05 p.m. Address for the Fritz Sick Centre is 420 11th Street South. Address for the ENMAX Centre is 2510 Scenic Drive South.
UPDATE: 4:55 p.m. The City of Lethbridge has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the Westside Trailer Court. These residents are asked to go to family and friends if it is safe to do so. They can also go to the Fritz Sick Centre or the ENMAX Centre. Bus is on route to help residents evacuate.
UPDATE: 4:35 p.m. No evacuations currently for the City of Lethbridge. Residents in Indian Battle Heights, Heritage Heights & West Highlands are to prepare for a possible evacuation.
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Students from St.Martha's BLAST program have been moved to Nicholas Sheran School. Parents are asked to pick up their children there.
UPDATE: 4:25 p.m. Residents are asked to check on elderly and disable neighbours. Also asked to check on those whose first language is not english.
UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. Residents are asked to limit cell phone use to keep lines clear for emergency services.
UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. The City of Lethbridge has declared a local state of emergency. At this time we are preparing for a potential evacuation of West Highlands, Heritage Heights and Indian Battle Heights Neighbourhoods.
Police remain on scene and we assist with traffic and evacuation.
UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Mike Mountain Horse BLAST program students have been bused to Nicholas Sheran School. Parents are asked to pick up their children there.
UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. County of Lethbridge evacuees are asked to go to the Fritz Sick Centre. Coalhurst residents asked to go to Nobleford or Picture Butte.
UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. There is currently no evacuation issued for City of Lethbridge residents. Please continue to follow this post, local media and Alberta Emergency Alerts.
UPDATE: 3 p.m. All westside schools north of Whoop Up Drive have been sent home early. Buses have been arranged and parents are asked to pick students up or meet them at home.
UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. Lethbridge Fire Department has heavy equipment staged at Burnco.
UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. Emergency Operation Centre has been activated for precautionary purposes. Updates can be found here or http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/
UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. Lethbridge Regional Police have closed Walsh Drive at Aberdeen Gate as well as the Whoop Up Drive extension just west of Chinook High School to prevent motorists from driving toward the grass fire currently burning west of 509.
The City of Lethbridge Fire Department has responded to a grass fire west of Highway 509. They are currently assisting fire crews from the County of Lethbridge at the scene.
Residents are urged to stay away from the area so that emergency crews have full access to the scene. Those with sensitivities to smoke are directed to stay indoors with their doors and windows closed
For more information contact:
City of Lethbridge
403 329 7365