A fire that started earlier this afternoon near Crowsnest Pass could soon be under wraps.
That was the word from Environment and Sustainable Resource Department wildfire information officer Geoffery Driscoll just minutes ago, as firefighting crews continued to do battle with a five-hectare blaze.
“The fire is still considered out of control, but they are stating to get a handle on it,” he said.
The wildfire, aided by high winds and dry conditions, was threatening homes in the Crowsnest Pass area but at this point, there’s good news to report on that front.
“So far, none of the homes have been lost or even touched,” said Driscoll.
The Environment and Sustainable Resource Department responded to the fire in the area, located off Highway 3 near the weigh station. Driscoll added there are still 20 ESRD firefighters, two engines, one helicopter and two water trucks are on site, in addition to crews and equipment from the Crowsnest Pass and Blairmore fire departments.
The RCMP has also worked to evacuate homes in the areas as a precaution, homes on local acreages. Earlier this afternoon, the fire came to within 200 metres of one home, all of which are located north of the fire.
Driscoll said at this time, it does not appear more firefighters will be needed, and added the crew in place now is expected to get the fire under control in the next hour or two.