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Dry conditions result in fire ban

    Due to existing extremely dry conditions, the Town of Drumheller, in its capacity as Local Fire Authority and pursuant to the Fire Bylaw 04.07, is issuing a fire ban with respect to open air fires.
    The ban applies to all open air fires, including fires for the purposes of recreation in non approved containers, burning weeds, grass, leaves, and the burning of coal, straw, and/or other materials for the thawing of ground.
    The fire ban also includes fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and stationary barbecues that burn combustible materials, such as briquettes.
    Barbecues using natural gas and propane are not affected by the ban.
    The fire ban took effect on Monday, April 23, at 1 p.m. and will remain until further notice.
    “Until we get a good soaking rain the fire ban will remain in place,” said Fire Chief, Bill Bachynski.
    The fire ban comes despite a recent snowfall and rain last week.
    “We’ve had high winds and record breaking temperatures, so it’s dried out worse than it was before the moisture came,” said Bachynski.
    The dry conditions have resulted in an above average number of grass fires.
    “It’s extremely dry out and there have been a number of grass fires due to the dryness,” said Bachynski. “In the past month we’ve had more grass fires than we have had in previous years,”
    The ban includes all properties contained within the municipal boundaries of Drumheller.

Dry conditions result in fire ban

Dalum fire demolishes garage, no one hurt

    Emergency crews from in and around Dalum were called to a farm northwest of Dalum on Monday night at 9 p.m. as a garage burst into flames and the fire spread to the surrounding dry grass, bush, and hay.
    The fire started when Mitchell Boe, the owner of the property, was away, visiting his parents who live nearby.
    The fire was reported to Boe by neighbour Megan Duncalf.
    “I saw the fire from my house. I called Mitchell’s parents and told him what was happening,” said Duncalf.
    The Boe’s then called 911 and the Dalum, Drumheller, Hussar, Rosebud, and Rockyfod Fire Departments arrived on scene to extinguish the blaze.
    By 9:45 p.m. the fire was mostly under control, with the exception of some hay bales that had to be torn apart to extinguish them completely. Crews then monitored the burn area and continued to douse the ground to eliminate any hot spots.
    A gas line that had been inside the structure caught on fire, shooting flames into the air until the gas line was shut off remotely. Crews could not risk extinguishing the gas line by conventional means.
    Crews left the scene at roughly 2 a.m.
    The fire started in an unused garage on the property and quickly consumed the building. Winds and dry conditions helped the fire spread across the lawn to some nearby hay. No one was injured during the fire and no damage was apparent on the surrounding structures.

Dalum fire demolishes garage, no one hurt

Election results Drumheller-Stettler

Election results Drumheller-Stettler

Andrew Berdahl (AB): 258
Jack Hayden (PC): 6039
Rick Strankman (Wild): 6811
Aditya Rao (NDP): 366
Cam Roset (Lib):331

81/87 polls
Strankman declared winner