Fire crews battle grass fire in Nose Hill Park

CALGARY – Dry and windy conditions Saturday, led to a grass fire at the top of Nose Hill Park around 11:45 a.m.on the south end.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire to about 10 acres before putting it out.

At one point, 17 firefighters and 3 grass fire units were on scene battling the blaze.

Jaleesa Maglio and her friend were mountain biking through Nose Hill when the fire broke out and were told to get away from the area.

“It’s (fire was) really big. You can actually see the flames and it’s spreading super fast because of the wind. We were really close, we could feel the fire and we could see the flames we were probably too close,” Maglio said.

Due to the extremely windy conditions Saturday, they were concerned the grass fire would spread quickly and in an unpredictable direction.

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Just west of Calgary, crews from the County of Rocky view attacked another grass fire west of Lochend Road.  Firefighters managed to contain it before it spread a nearby home.

“Conditions today (Saturday) are ripe for grass fires, so we’re hoping that the general public and be a little bit responsible here and help us out regarding how they dispose of their smoking materials and make sure that we’re not having any campfires here in those hill park today,” Battalion Chief John Cherweniuk from the Calgary Fire Department said.

There is no fire ban in Calgary at this point, but the County of Rocky View now has a level one fire ban in effect.