Handful of Homes Reported Lost in Southern Alberta Wildfires

Photo Courtesy of Dexter Bruisedhead

A handful of homes have been lost as wind driven grass fires burned through southern Alberta Tuesday night.

A handful of homes have been lost as wind driven grass fires burned through southern Alberta Tuesday night. One home was destroyed in Airdrie. In the Wheatland County area southeast of Strathmore, four homes were lost in the hamlet of Gleichen and two were levelled in the hamlet of Stobart. Two homes on the Siksika First Nation were also destroyed. Two homes have reportedly been lost in Acadia Valley northeast of Medicine Hat as well. No homes have been reported lost in the Crowsnest Pass but two barns and two outbuildings were destroyed and the local fish hatchery has been damaged. There are still four States of Local Emergency in effect for Medicine Hat, Wheatland County, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Municipal District of Acadia.  The reception centre in Pincher Creek remains open while centres in Airdrie, Oyen, Siksika First Nation, Standard and Strathmore have closed. -Tina Giesbrecht

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