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Estevan sees a field fire and a collision

Estevan fire crews respond to two calls on Friday and Saturday
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Estevan fire crews called to a field fire in the RM of Cambria and an accident on Highway 47

ESTEVAN - Estevan fire crews were called to a vehicle versus deer collision Friday at 8 p.m. that occurred about 10 kilometres north of Estevan on Highway 47.

The driver wasn't injured, but firefighters had to deal with a substantial field of debris, and they had to zero out the vehicle and help with traffic control.

Estevan Fire Chief Dale Feser reminded the public to always exercise caution when passing by emergency crews working on highways.

"Please slow down and observe traffic control zones and traffic safety zones. If you see flashing lights or tow trucks out there, please go to 60 and allow a safe workplace for our staff so that way they can go home safe to their families at the end of every call," Feser said.

The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, which then was turned over to RCMP. 

Feser also noted that wildlife is now more active and is harder to see, especially during dusk and dawn.

"If you do come across a situation like that, gentle brake application, do not overcorrect causing an accident … small steering adjustments to avoid any collision with wildlife," Feser said.

On Saturday at about 12:45 p.m. crews responded to a field fire occurring in the RM of Cambria.

"Crews did arrive on scene to find that a field fire was active. Thankful for all of the farmers that were quick thinking and jumping to action with double discers, and cutting fireguards, and keeping the fire to manageable levels," Feser said.

Firefighters brought the fire under control without incident. Crews were able to safely extinguish it and returned to the station.

The investigation showed that strong wind picked up some contents of a flare stack from a nearby battery site, ignited vegetation and spread it into the field. The oil company was made aware of the incident and adjusted their equipment on site, Feser said. 

With higher temperatures and not much rain lately, the Estevan area is in the extreme fire danger index now. Feser said that lower night temperatures also bring a lot of moisture, so the situation is at a manageable level, however, he reminded to use extreme caution if working out in the fields.

"You want to make sure that all the equipment is properly greased up, fire extinguishers are handy, ou have a water supply and a plan in place there. And … call 911 as soon as possible to alert us when something goes awry so that we can get there in a timely manner," Feser said.

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