Warman, Osler firefighters subdue wildfire near Cathedral Bluffs

Warman firefighters battle flames just north of Cathedral Bluffs

A grassfire near Cathedral Bluffs on the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River on Monday, April 8 caused some anxious moments for residents of the hamlet before it was extinguished by firefighters from Warman and Osler.

The fire,, which was fanned by strong westerly winds, was first noticed by people in the Hutterite colony across the river at about 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8. They phoned Brenda and Larry Friesen, who live in Cathedral Bluffs, and the Friesens then phoned 911.

Warman Fire Rescue was dispatched immediately, but it took some time to arrive on scene because Warman firefighters were assisting Martensville Fire Department at the time with another brush fire along Power Line Road north of Martensville.

When they arrived at the fire, Warman Fire Rescue members employed an attack truck and a specially-equipped side-by-side to access the steep terrain along the riverbank. They then called on Osler Fire Rescue to assist in the fight. It took several hours before the fire was finally extinguished.

There are no injuries and no structures were damaged.