There were some scary moments for Estevan area residents on Tuesday, as a large fire ignited and quickly spread across the plain just outside of town.

Both property and livestock were at stake, as crews from both the Estevan and Bienfait Fire Departments arrived to battle the blaze.

"The acreages were saved from any major damage, thank goodness. The total area that was affected was three quarter sections of land that were on fire during the incident," shared Fire Chief Dale Feser.

Photo credit: Teresa Hall 

 "We did a quick cause and origin investigation, and it's been deemed that the fire was the result of a work crew cutting rebar, which  generated  sparks causing the ground vegetation to ignite. That, coupled with the high wind conditions there definitely made things a little on  the difficult  side for us, as we had extremely dry conditions as well."

 The crews spent a total of 6 hours on the blaze to bring it under control. In addition, two firefighters suffered fatigue and minor heat  exhaustion on scene and had to be treated by EMS.

 "It was a great effort by all. We were very happy that there is no major property damage or loss of life, everybody was safe throughout."

 Teresa Hall's parents own one of the acreages that were in jeopardy. She said that she got there when the inferno was dying down.

 "It surrounded my parents house. My dad had put a fire guard around the property, and he actually saw that the fire went right up to it then  went out. If it wasn't for that, I think things could have been damaged."

 She also expressed her deep gratitude toward the Fire Departments for their efforts to keep everyone and everything safe.

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