A grass fire along Highway 1A near Ghost Lake west of Cochrane, Alta., has forced the evacuation of two homes, a gas plant and a gas station, and affected traffic, causing at least one traffic accident.
Two houses, as well as the Ghost Station Gas Bar and the Wild Cat Gas Plant, have been evacuated, Cochrane RCMP said in a release around 1 p.m. Thursday.
At 2:14 p.m., an emergency alert advised residents in the area to be prepared to evacuate their homes on short notice.
Police and the Rocky View County Fire Department were on the scene.
High winds in the area helped spread the fire, which started between Highway 40 near the Ghost Station Gas Bar and the Wild Cat Gas Plant along Highway 1A.
The fire was moving east.
Thick smoke was blanketing the area, including portions of Highway 1A, and RCMP say there was one collision due to the reduced visibility.
Traffic was not flowing along Highway 1A west of Cochrane and east of Highway 40. Police are restricting traffic and have asked drivers to avoid the area.