Calaway Park has released more details on a grassfire that occurred south of the amusement park on Sunday afternoon, which prompted the evacuation and early closure of the park.

According to a statement from the park, at approximately 2:42 pm, they become aware of a grass fire south park.

"We then enacted our Emergency Response Plan in which we moved forward with an accelerated close. The safety of our guests and team members is our first priority," the park stated.

They also extended thanks to the Springbank Fire Department for extinguishing the fire and the Cochrane RCMP for assisting with traffic control.

Earlier in the day, the park's social media feed stated that the cause of the grassfire was a failure on a FortisAlberta power pole.

"We understand that this impacted the guests visiting us today and we thank you for your patience and understanding."

Guests who did not speak to customer support staff are asked to email the park at

Calaway Park added that they will be open on their next scheduled operating day Saturday, June 8 from 10 am to 7 pm.

Calaway Park is located southwest of Airdrie and is the largest amusement park in Western Canada. It also has a campground. It is a popular destination for both locals and visitors to Alberta alike.

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