Active Grassfire in Rocky View County - Public Advisory 

Update #4 – 4:30pm 

We are pleased to announce that the response to the grassfire near Twp Rd. 280 and Range Rd. 23 in Rocky View County has now concluded. This will be our final public update regarding this incident, and we are grateful to report that there were no significant losses. 

For residents who had to evacuate, we recognize the urgency of getting back to your homes. Rest assured, we are actively working on a re-entry plan and will share detailed instructions by 7:00pm. Additionally, we expect power will be restored by 7:00pm and aim to reopen Symons Valley Road by 6:00pm. Your safety and swift return to normalcy are our top priorities. 

We extend our deepest gratitude to our residents for their quick actions and invaluable role in sharing safety messages. It's your collective support and cooperation that make Rocky View County a safe and resilient community. 

Our dedicated emergency teams, including local fire crews and mutual aid partners, worked tirelessly to bring the situation under control and support those affected. As we move forward, it is crucial that we remain vigilant and prepared. Please continue to follow official updates for the latest information and guidance on staying safe. 

In response to dry conditions that contributed to the fire's rapid spread, a Fire Advisory has been declared in Rocky View County. This means all permit burning and fireworks use are temporarily halted. There are a few exceptions to this advisory, particularly for essential and controlled activities, ensuring public safety remains our top priority. We encourage everyone to stay informed about these guidelines. 

Thank you once again for your unwavering support and cooperation throughout this incident. Your contributions have been vital in maintaining the safety and well-being of our community. 

Update #3 – 2:30pm 

Good news for Rocky View County residents! The grassfire near Twp Rd. 280 and Range Rd. 23 is now under control. A downed power line is believed to be the initial cause, and strong winds, reaching up to 70 km/hr, have contributed to the fire's spread over approximately 350 acres. 

Currently, there's no need for further evacuations. However, please note that power outages will continue until 19:30 hours from Twp Rd. 280, extending north for 1 mile along Simon Valley Road, to allow for repairs. 

Our emergency teams are actively managing hot spots and reinforcing the fire's perimeter to protect nearby structures and prevent the fire from spreading. Utility services are also closely working with fire crews to tackle any issues caused by the fire. In addition, municipal enforcement officers are securing the area to ensure the safety of the public and the crews engaged in fire suppression efforts. 

We have a strong response force on the scene, including fire crews from seven Rocky View County Stations, with additional support from Town of Crossfield, Mountain View County, City of Airdrie, and the Municipal District of Big Horn. 

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our community is our utmost priority. We're keeping a close eye on the situation and will continue to provide necessary updates. Stay informed and ready to respond to any new instructions by following our official County updates for the most accurate information. 

Update #2 – 1:30pm 

As the situation with the grassfire near Twp Rd. 280 and Range Rd. 23 continues to evolve, we have important updates for the community: 

  1. Evacuations in Progress: The RCMP has begun evacuating residents in certain areas due to the ongoing fire threat as required. If you are in the affected zones, please follow the instructions of emergency personnel and evacuate immediately. 
  2. Crossfield Reception Centre Opened: For those who are being evacuated, the Crossfield Reception Centre is now open. The centre is located at 900 Mountain Avenue in Crossfield. This facility is equipped to assist evacuees and provide necessary resources. 
  3. Evacuee-Specific Updates: Evacuees can email to subscribe to updates specifically tailored for those affected by the evacuation. We encourage you to use this resource to stay informed about the latest developments and assistance available. 
  4. Continued Safety Measures: Please continue to avoid non-essential travel in the affected areas to ensure the safety of both residents and emergency responders. If you are in or near the affected area, remain vigilant and ready to evacuate if needed. 
  5. Stay Informed: It's crucial to stay updated through official channels. Monitor updates from Safe & Sound, the County’s website, and official social media accounts. Please rely only on these sources to avoid misinformation. 

Your safety is our top priority. We are working tirelessly to manage this situation and will provide further updates as they become available. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time. 

Update #1

We are currently responding to an active grassfire in the area of Twp Rd. 280 and Range Rd. 23 in Rocky View County. Residents are urged to avoid non-essential travel in the area to allow emergency crews to work safely and efficiently. 

Residents nearby should be prepared for potential evacuation if directed by the RCMP. Please review your emergency plans and stay alert for further instructions. 

It's crucial to stay informed during this emergency. Please monitor updates from Safe & Sound, as well as our official website and social media channels. 

Your safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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