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Rancher's farm destroyed by Alberta wildfire 'looks a bit like hell'

September 12, 2017 9:51 PM
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Rancher's farm destroyed by Alberta wildfire 'looks a bit like hell'

Wildfire out of control in southwestern Alberta, forcing hundreds from their homes

A rancher in southwestern Alberta is thankful for the clothes on his back — and his four stallions who escaped a locked barn, after a wildfire tore through his property this week.

The blackened rubble of Jim Garner's home and business for 31 years, tucked between Waterton Lakes National Park and a river, still smouldered Tuesday.

An out-of-control wildfire has forced hundreds from their homes — some with only a few minutes' notice on Monday night. The Kenow wildfire has torn through Waterton Lakes National Park and into parts of the townsite.

Conditions changed suddenly in Garner's neighbourhood, where he said he wasn't expecting to be in danger. He was hoping to catch the end of Monday night's football game.

He had lain awake last night worrying about the four stallions he left locked in the barn in the rush to evacuate.

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