Valemount fire crews squelched the flames of a grass fire between Cedar St. and the CN tracks around 6:30pm on April 20th. Fire Chief Rick Lalonde said the fire was a controlled burn to help remove fire hazards, while providing some training for Valemount Volunteer Fire Dept (VVFD) crews. “It was all initiated as an emergency call followed by the quick response to a mock fire for the unknowing fire responders,” he said. “We try to initiate some of these surprise responses annually to evaluate VVFD crew response and capabilities.” He said one engine with four crew members responded initially, followed by an additional four members with the second engine a few minutes later. /PHOTOS COURTESY MICHAEL PETERS, VCTV