Rimbey barley fire

Dry conditions and wind are to blame for a fire that destroyed about seven acres of barley near Rimbey on Friday night.

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Dry conditions and wind are to blame for a fire that destroyed about seven acres of barley near Rimbey on Friday night. Rimbey fire Chief John Weisgerber said the individual renting land on Chubb Road just outside of town was burning trash in a barrel when winds blew sparks that ignited dry grass. The Rimbey Fire department responded around 6:30 p.m. and Weisgerber said it took the volunteer crew about an hour and a half to get the fire under control. There were no injuries and damage was contained to the barely crop. “This time of year, you want to be kind of cautious,” Weisgerber said. “ I think a lot of counties have started putting burn bans on already just because it is quite dry out. You have to be extra careful this time of year, because the wind can come up and move fairly fast.”