STAND OFF – September 8, 2020
Blood Tribe fire and emergency officials reported a large wildland fire on the northend of the Blood Reserve over the weekend is still under investigation.
The Blood Tribe Fire Department was called at approximately 4 p.m. on September 5th to respond to the fire. The burned area was described as 6 miles west to east and one mile south to north. Blood Tribe Public Works was called to assist for tenders and graders.
“As well as numerous diskers from local farmers, the crews did an exceptional job at detaining the fire building a fire break at highway 509, pinching the head of the fire and running the flanks with the grass units,” said Jacen Abrey, Blood Tribe Fire Chief.
Several surrounding towns assisted in containing the fire:
- Fort Macleod – one grass unit; one tender
- Coalhurst – one grass unit; one Type 1 engine
- Picture Butte – one grass unit; one tender
- Nobleford – one grass unit
Abrey said the investigation into the cause of the fire should be concluded by the end of this week.
More updates will be provided as they are received.
Director, Communications and Community Engagement