Acreages saved from wildfire along tracks

A wildfire along the CN tracks east of Warman was contained before any serious damage was done to two acreages in its path.

Warman Fire Rescue members responded to a call at about 4:00 a.m. on Friday, May 24 about a fire adjacent to the tracks and near Highway 305, according to Warman Fire Chief Russ Austin.

“On arrival our crews found a large fire which threatened two acreages with outbuildings and some vehicles that were parked for storage,” said Austin.

“One vehicle was lost but a quick attack from multiple points ensured no further property damage occurred and no one was injured.”

Martensville Fire Department was called in for backup with their grass truck to help fight the fire.

Austin said the fire originated along the train tracks.

“A train passing a half-hour before the fire was called in is the likely cause of the fire,” said Austin, adding the dry grass in the ditches adjacent to the tracks amounts to a “tinder box” that is vulnerable to even the smallest spark from a passing train.

Fire crews had the fire out by about 8:30 a.m. and spent the rest of the morning mopping up hot spots and ensuring it did not flare up again.