Crews battle coulee fire in Lethbridge

Smoke rises from a brush fire in the Oldman river valley in Lethbridge on June 22. Danica Ferris/Global News

It was a smoky and slow commute across the Lethbridge river valley as fire crews responded to a brush fire Monday evening.

The flames broke out on the west side of the Oldman River just north of Whoop-Up Drive. Crews did not provide the time the blaze started.

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A city official told Global News that three stations responded and the flames were under control before 7 p.m.

Emergency vehicles could be seen parked along the shoulder of westbound Whoop-Up Drive and traffic was backed up at times during the evening commute.

Just before 9 p.m. the city said the fire was out and crews were monitoring hot spots.

The city has not yet said how large of an area burned or what may have ignited the blaze.