GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – County officials in northwest Alberta say a fireplace that followed a tale of an early-morning explosion at an oilfield lease site is under control, and air-quality monitoring has obvious there’s no risk to the public.
Jason Nesbitt, deputy fireplace chief with the County of Grande Prairie Hearth Services and products, says winds blew smoke from the blaze north instead of east which it typically does, meaning the smoke blew away from most populated areas.
It also meant the smoke was pushed away from a migratory chook sanctuary on Saskatoon Lake, at least a few kilometres away from the fireplace.
The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership says in a statement that crews were dispatched to a reported explosion at the Anegada Oil Corporation site at around 2: 40 a.m., and came across a large fireplace engrossing several tanks which contain uncouth oil and produced water when they arrived.
The statement says some residents were steered by RCMP to accept ready to evacuate, but the fireplace was brought under control later within the morning.
Nesbitt says there were no accidents reported, and that the company’s firefighting team had reached the site and were taking over the job of placing the fireplace out.
He said he believed all product had been contained all the way through the site.
Cara Tobin of the Alberta Vitality Regulator says staff from the agency had arrived at the site Saturday, but that it would probably be a whereas earlier than the cause of the explosion and fireplace is obvious.
A call to Anegada Oil Corporation on Saturday was no longer returned.
This tale by The Canadian Press was first published April 3, 2021.