Trans-Canada Highway reopens west of Calgary after grass fire

Traffic is being diverted to Highway 22 and Highway 1A due to a grass fire west of Calgary, April 30, 2021. Nathan Taylor, Global News

The Trans-Canada Highway was shut down in both directions west of Calgary on Friday evening due to a grass fire.

As of 6:30 p.m., Alberta 511 said Highway 1 near Hermitage Road west of Junction Highway 22 near Jumping Pound was closed both ways.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Alberta 511 tweeted that the highway had been fully reopened.

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While it was closed, highway traffic was diverted to Highway 22 and Highway 1A.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area and expect “major delays.”

Smoke from the fire impacted visibility.

Emergency crews were at the scene. Cochrane RCMP said they were dealing with high winds and smoke.

Earlier Friday, crews from several towns were battling a grass fire north of Calgary, near Highway 2A, close to Carstairs.

It appears that fire has been contained but the wind is fuelling the flames and there are some flare-ups.

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