HOBBEMA — 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.
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.