Sharp Hills Fire
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rocky View County Fire Services and the Airdrie Fire Department remain on scene today in the Sharp Hills area, monitoring for hot spots after yesterday’s fire. All residents of Sharp Hills, except for those in the two affected homes, have now been permitted to return to their homes.
Last night, approximately 100 evacuated residents signed into the reception centre at Genesis Place in Airdrie, where teams from the Canadian Red Cross, Airdrie Food Bank, and Airdrie Victim Assistance were set up to offer support.
The cause of the fire, which started within the rural boundary of the City of Airdrie is currently being investigated by the Airdrie Fire Prevention Bureau. Cause and damage estimates are not available at this time.
High winds quickly extended the fire from Airdrie into Rocky View County and grew to approximately 20 hectares in size. Approximately 15 homes were threatened; one home was lost and one sustained substantial damage. A number of out buildings were also lost in the fire.
As the fire affected both municipalities, the Airdrie and Rocky View County Fire Departments and their resources worked together as a unified front. They were joined by fire departments from Calgary, Chestermere, and Crossfield, and officials from Rocky View County Municipal Enforcement, Airdrie Municipal Enforcement and the RCMP.
Airdrie Fire Department and Rocky View County Fire Services regularly work together on joint exercises to prepare for emergency situations that impact both municipalities. This intermunicipal co-operation allowed the two teams to address the large fire quickly, reducing potential damage and avoiding injuries and further loss of property.
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