Update: Wildfire at Lessard Lake/Arthur Lake

Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services provides an update on the wildfire in the area south of Arthur Lake, north of the Trail of 1898, in the general area of Hwy 765 and Lessard Lake.

Update May 7, 2021 at 6:00 pm:

As of 5:00pm, the fire in the area of Arthur Lake and Trail of 1898 has been extinguished around the perimeter and no further hazard or danger is expected. There will still be light smoke emitting from the black (burned) areas and all Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services crews will be off the scene by 6:00pm today.

This area received rain this afternoon, as added support to the extinguishment and management of this fire.  All hot spots in 50’ perimeters of areas that could be reached by fire crews have been extinguished, and assessment of the black area is deemed cold and not a hazard. Residents are to expect some smoke from these black areas, and these will be allowed to continue to smoke as the fire hazard is low.

County fire crews will continue to monitor the area for the next week to 10 days. The landowners in the impacted areas will now have the responsibility for their respective properties to ensure complete extinguishment and monitoring for possible flare-ups. Additionally, area farmers should check all fence lines for possible damages for the safety of livestock and security of their property.  No other infrastructure is anticipated to have been damaged as a result of the fire, and County Fire Services will make every attempt to address anything inadvertently damaged as a result of the fire fight.

Please call 9-1-1 for any emergency situations, otherwise general concerns or questions regarding this fire may be addressed to the County office.

Once again, we thank our Mutual Aid Partners for their support and our Fire Crews for their hard work in getting this fire to this stage.

Update May 7, 2021 at 6:00 am:

This fire started in the early afternoon on May 6, 2021, and grew to approximately 400 hectares.  At the height of the fire, Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services was supported by our Mutual Aid Partners Onoway Regional Fire, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry and Parkland County Fire Services, and we would like to thank them for their hard work and diligent dedication in assisting the County with this event for without them, this fire would have been extremely difficult to successfully fight. While initially a total of four structures were in the path of this fire, fire crews were able to successfully protect those homes and no structures have been lost.

The fire was monitored by our County fire crews through the night and is currently listed as contained on all four sides with cat guards protecting properties and further spread, however hot spots continue to flare up. Given the weather forecast today, County fire crews will continue monitoring the perimeter of this fire as wind speeds are expected to be in the range of 60km/hr throughout the day. Our Mutual Aid Partners also remain on stand by, along with the rest of the County’s Fire Stations, and 2 Cats in case the situation changes.  Subject to weather conditions improving, fire hazards remain high and it is anticipated that the forecasted rains will assist in containing this fire.

Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services is asking the affected landowners to remain diligent and closely monitor the areas that were impacted by this fire. All County residents should be aware that smoke from this wildfire will remain prevalent in the surrounding area for the foreseeable future. Please call 9-1-1 if you see flames, or smoke in a new area.

County Fire Services members have worked incredibly hard all day yesterday, through the night into this morning, and will continue to serve their community with the best of their abilities as this fire continues. For that, we thank them and offer our praise.

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