Prior to 7 a.m., Engine and Tender 107 from Rocky View Fire Services were dispatched to what was initially thought to be a vehicle fire.

However, according to Fire Captain, Paul Selman with Rocky View County, the fire located on the west side of the QEII at the end of Balzac Boulevard and Township Road 264, was in fact a small wood pallet.

"[It was] burning next to the CP rail line and as they [fire crews] arrived, no one no one was there. Essentially, they just extinguished the fire with the target from the tender 107 truck and waited for RCMP to arrive."

Airdrie RCMP did confirm that they responded to the call but were not able to provide more details.

Captain Selman said that because the wooden pallet was on the gravel roadway, there was no cause for concern that it might spread.

"Unless there were large winds that could have blown some embers into the grass, there was really no potential of any spread."

Earlier this morning, callers to Air 106.1 FM, spotted the fire, advising motorists.

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