The Estevan Fire Department attended a couple different calls on Wednesday, but neither were anything related to the road conditions themselves.

"Crews were called to a tree/powerline fire over in the north central area of the city. Once crews arrived on scene, it was found that the wet, heavy snow that the area was experiencing had taken some branches down into the powerline, causing it to arc and set the trees on fire. They established a safe perimeter zone and waited for SaskPower crews to arrive on scene to isolate the power to that particular area, that way we could ensure complete extinguishment," shared Fire Chief Dale Feser.

"SaskPower did arrive and isolate it for us. We went in and the fire was suppressed and extinguished fully, and the scene was turned back over to SaskPower as they were going to trim some branches to ensure that there would be no further contact."

That evening, the department was called out once again around 7:00 PM, this time to a vehicle-wildlife collision on Highway 18, four kilometers east of Frobisher.

"Once crews arrived on scene, we found that there was no entrapment, no injuries to the driver. The vehicle suffered minor damage. It was checked over for fluid leaks. the animal that was struck was found deceased, so we moved it off the roadway surface as to not provide any further road hazards to the motoring public."

Crews had to take a few broken parts off the front drivers side of the vehicle, a small compact car, before it could be driven to it's destination for repairs. Feser also noted that, while the original call had reported the animal as a deer, but it turned out to be a large sized porcupine instead. He cautioned drivers to keep their eyes open for wildlife, with hunting season now underway.

 

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