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Grass fire temporarily shuts down Highway 63 near Atmore

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Grass fire temporarily shuts down Highway 63 near Atmore

Brush fire burns along Highway 63 near Atmore on April 18, 2016 // Photos courtesy Anna Podanovitch

Boyle RCMP said Highway 63 was “impassable” in both directions as a grass fire burned 12km north of¬†Atmore Monday¬†evening.

Police say the fire broke out just before 7 p.m., quickly spreading and jumping a service road along the highway. They add that the fire is currently “straddling” 63, billowing smoke in several directions and reducing visibility in the area.

Wildland firefighter crews are on-scene with air support to battle the blaze.

511Alberta provided an update just after 9 p.m. saying that both southbound lanes had re-opened and northbound was down to one lane. By early Tuesday morning, the highway had completely re-opened.

Officials say no-one was injured in the fire, and no buildings were damaged.

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