Firefighters still battling hot spots in major grass fire in Millet

Crews from the volunteer fire department in Millet were back on the scene Monday of a major grass fire, putting out hot spots.

“They’ll probably be taking a lot of trees down, putting out hot spots, and just making sure there’s no threat of this fire spreading if the wind does come up,” Capt.Trevor Palmer said Monday.

The fire, reported on Sunday afternoon, destroyed an outbuilding on private property on the west side of Millet. A dozen or so vehicles in various stages of restoration inside and outside the building were also lost, Palmer said.

“We saved a home and we had a second garage, it was starting on fire, and our crews did a great job in saving that structure entirely,” he said.

The wind combined with the warm temperatures made fighting the fire difficult, Palmer added.

“It’ll create mini swirls … and it throws fire in different directions.”

The fire call came in just before 5 p.m. Sunday. At its peak, about 50 firefighters from Millet, Leduc, Mulhurst Bay and Wetaskiwin were working on the fire. Most were volunteers.

“We had flames shooting over 100 feet in the air coming out of some of the trees,” Palmer said. “It jumped the highway and it got into even more brush on the other side of Highway 616.”

The cause of the fire will be investigated, he said.

Millet is 40 kilometres south of Edmonton.

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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


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