It took approximately 40 firefighters more than eight hours to snuff out a brush fire in the Municipality of Grassland on Saturday.
The fire appears to have been ignited by a spark involving either a tractor or three-point brush mower at midday.
So described Hartney Fire Department Chief Richard Lamouline, who said he feels bad for the landowner responsible.
"It was an accident," he said, adding the landowner appeared fairly apologetic for his role on the fire. "He felt real bad, and you could tell."
Given how dry conditions were at the time, Lamouline said it didn’t take much for the blaze to spread.
It came close to some buildings, but firefighters managed to hold it back before any structures were damaged.
Nobody was injured as a result of the fire, which spread over 30 acres.
The fire broke out in the southwest corner of the Municipality of Grassland in the Lauder area, and the nearby Melita and Area Fire Department joined in the firefighting effort.
Farmers also came out with their tractors and supplied water to firefighters, while Lamouline said Hutterites provided them with food.
Although rain fell the following day, which Lamouline said was "unbelievably well received," conditions are so dry it will only take a couple days before things are as dry as they were Saturday.
"I’ve never seen it dry like that," he said, adding the municipal fire ban is likely to remain in place until at least a few inches of rain falls.
His advice is for people to keep a close eye out for smoke, and to alert the fire department and area homeowners in the event of a potential hazard.
But he added Westman people tend to do this already.
"Neighbours are pretty good that way."
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