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Sep 16, 2017
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The fire bans have been removed due to weather conditions.
Sep 08, 2017
Donation recieved from Tourmaline Oil Corp
Donation to CPFR
News Release: Thank you letter
A little history, last May 11, 2017 at 1625 hrs. (4:25 pm) the Central Peace Fire and Rescue Department received a call for an outdoor fire located just south of the Town of Spirit River. When we arrived at the call, a field was on fire and had gotten into some bush area, there was a lot of smoke and flames. Our team began to deploy lines and shovels to begin our attack on the fire. There was some concern that this fire may jump the little river just south of the field, which would then have a wide-open area to increase in size and be cause for great concern.
As the Incident Commander of the scene I had organized our firefighters into three teams, North team, West team and the East team. We hit the fire hard, I had sent in another team across the river to ensure that the fire hadn’t jumped and the area was secure, as there was concern for the private home owners on the other side.
Our mutual aid partner, Saddle Hills County helped us with the use of their Forestry Wildland fire pump and hoses. These enabled us to control the fire quicker and more directly. Taking advantage of the extra amount of water available from the river and lighter hoses to move easier through the fire ground. These proved to be very valuable pieces of equipment for us that night.
We managed to put the fire out and get back into service after cleaning and maintaining the equipment in about eight hours. If it had not been for the use of the equipment that our partners brought in, I would have to guess that we would have been at least another four hours on this call.
One of the private home owners, was impressed with the way the whole incident unfolded, and the way the wildland forestry equipment worked, he went to Tourmaline Oil Company through Mr. Mel Vollman on our behalf, to try to obtain some of this equipment for us. As a new department, this equipment would have been in the budget a few years down the line.
That’s when Tourmaline Oil Company offered to donate the equipment we needed, and if fact provided two sets of everything for a quick attack on any outdoor fire we may encounter in the future.
Without Tourmalines very generous donation we, the Central Peace Fire and Rescue Commission would not be able to obtain this equipment for another couple of years.
So, on behalf of all of us here at the Central Peace Fire and Rescue Commission I thank you Tourmaline Oil and Mel Vollman for your generous donation.
Fire Chief – Brian Kroes.
Due to ongoing dry conditions and gusty winds, areas of exposed cured fuels pose a significant wildfire risk. The Fire Hazard is also now Very High. As a result, Fire Restrictions are now in effect within the borders of the MD #133 of Spirit River. Effective immediately.
Open burning of heavy fuels is not allowed in the MD #133 of Spirit River at this time.
Please exercise caution when conducting activities in dry cured fuels.
Safe campfires are allowed in fire pits in campgrounds or in residential fire pits. No campfires (or other open fires) or charcoal briquettes are allowed in back country or random camping areas. Gas or propane stoves / barbeques and portable propane fire pits are allowed.
Please make sure your campfire is completely extinguished when you leave it (Soak It, Stir It, Soak It Again).
Clear debris from hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle (Knock It Off).
This Fire Restriction will remain in place until conditions improve.
If the fire hazard continues to worsen, a complete fire ban will be issued.
Please contact the MD Administrative office (780) 864-3500, if you have any questions about these restrictions.
Please see the following "Fire Restriction" issued by Fire Chief Kroes
Due to ongoing dry conditions and gusty winds, areas of exposed cured fuels pose a significant wildfire risk. The Fire Hazard is also now VERY HIGH. As a result, Fire Restrictions are now in effect for the MD of Spirit River #133 (including the Town of Spirit River and Village of Rycroft).
Open burning of heavy fuels is not allowed in the MD of Spirit River #133 at this time.
Please excercise caution when conducting activities in dry cured fuels. Safe campfires are allowed in fire pits in campgrounds or in residential fire pits. No campfires (or open flames) or charcoal briquettes are allowed in back country or random camping areas. Gas or propane stoves/barbeques and portable propane fire pits are allowed. Please make sure your campfire is completly extinguished when you leave (Soak It, Stir It, Soak It Again).
Clear debris from hot spots on your off-highway vehicle (knock it off).
The Fire Restrictions will remain in place until conditions improve.
If the Fire Hazard continues to worsen, a complete fire ban will be issued.
Please Contact the MD Administrative office @ 7808643500, if you have any questions