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Grass fire on central Alberta reserve came close to townsite

May 8, 2013, Hobbema, Alta. – Fire officials are investigating a large grass fire on a central Alberta reserve that came close to a townsite.

May 8, 2013
By The Canadian Press

May 8, 2013, Hobbema, Alta. – Fire officials are investigating a large grass fire on a central Alberta reserve that came close to a townsite.

The blaze overnight Monday burned through a large swath of land and destroyed at least one home northeast of Hobbema.

Other houses were in danger and a number of people were forced to leave.

No injuries were reported.

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One fire official said the flames moved quickly.

Fire departments from Wetaskiwin, Lacombe and Ponoka were called in to help crews from the four bands in the Hobbema area.

A number of fire bans have been ordered throughout much of the province because of dry conditions.