October 17, 2017 11:06 pm
Updated: October 18, 2017 7:40 pm

Wildfire threatening south Lethbridge community has been put out: officials

WATCH: Smoke could be smelt and seen throughout south Lethbridge Tuesday night as a grass fire ripped through the area around Scenic Drive. Matt Battochio has more on what transpired and one man's frightening drive near the blaze.

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Just hours after some Lethbridge residents were told to prepare for evacuation because of a wildfire in the coulees, officials said the fire had been put out.

“Fire’s out. Scenic Drive S. is reopened,” the City of Lethbridge tweeted shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday. “Residents can return home to Scenic Heights and English Oaks. Fire crews will monitor flare-ups.”

Residents of the south Lethbridge communities were told “mandatory evacuation may be necessary” because of a wildfire burning in the coulees Tuesday night.

At about 7 p.m., the Lethbridge Police Service tweeted Scenic Drive was closed between 16 Avenue S. and 10 Avenue S. because of the fire. Police said people should avoid the Scenic Heights area.

Watch below: A fire broke out in the Lethbridge coulees on Tuesday, quickly overtaking the off-leash dog park along Scenic Drive. Tom Roulston reports.

The fire, located west of Mountain View Cemetery, had three fire stations involved in battling the river valley blaze. Police said crews were “making progress” at about 8:30 p.m.

Area residents posted shocking videos of flames moving down the hills on the side of the road.

WATCH: Viewer video of the fire just outside of the Lethbridge Country Club Tuesday night.

The City of Lethbridge said crews would work through the night to restore power to any areas still affected by an outage earlier in the evening.

 

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