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Strong winds complicate grass fire response in Alberta

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    Monday, September 30, 2013, 1:20 PM -

    Emergency crews had to move quickly to put out a large grass fire that erupted not far from a big southern Alberta community.

    The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon north of Coalhurst and drew firefighters from three departments in the region.

    The battle to halt the flames was complicated by wind that was gusting between 80 and 100 kmn/h an hour.

    Strong winds are expected to continue for much of southern Alberta Monday with gusts up to 110 km/h in places along the southern foothills. 

    "Winds of 60 gusting to 90 km/h will then spread eastward towards the Saskatchewan border by the afternoon," Environment Canada warns. 

    Police believe farm equipment may have sparked the fire in Alberta.

    There are no reports of injuries or damage to buildings.

    With files from The Canadian Press

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