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Record temperatures and dry conditions spark grass fire concerns in southern Alberta

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:49 AM -

As parts of eastern Canada deal with more heavy snow, damaging winds and treacherous road conditions, mild and even record breaking temperatures have settled into the west.

On Wednesday, several Alberta communities wrote a new page in the record book as temperatures soared into the double digits.

While many residents are embracing the spring-like conditions, the balmy temperatures are keeping fire crews on high alert.

Calgary's fire department responded to three grass fires on Wednesday, including one which forced emergency crews to shut down a busy roadway for about an hour.

Battalion Chief Edward Cornez with the Calgary Fire Department says in places like hillsides, where there is no snow and the grass is exposed to wind and sun, the grass is tinder dry.

With files from The Canadian Press

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