On Wednesday, May 8 at 11:21 a.m. the Melfort Fire Department was called to a report of several small fires in the ditch along Highway 41A.
“We see this on occasion. Typically what we attribute it to is mechanical a vehicle passing by and a catalytic convertor maybe is spitting some hot material in it, or it could be a quad or a dirt bike in the ditch and the exhaust might not be working and it kicks our hot carbon,” Melfort Fire Chief Jason Everitt said.
Upon arrival, crews were met by passers-by that had stopped to extinguish four separate fires. Crews wet down all four locations to ensure that a re-kindle did not occur.
“There were two city employees at the cemetary doing some work and they discovered it. And sure enough they saw what was happening and insure that people were aware of it and they extinguished some of the fires. It’s great when we get that kind of community involvement,” Everitt explained.
The cause of the fires is unknown. No damage or injuries were sustained.
“I would just like to thank the motorists that saw we were working on 41A and they slowed down and gave us room. So kudos to them. We want to make sure that when people do what they are supposed to do they get recognition,” Everitt said.