ALBERTA

St. Albert Firefighter Leaps Into River To Escape Massive Fire

04/15/2016 02:27 EDT | Updated 04/20/2016 09:20 EDT

UPDATE - April 17, 2016: St. Albert Fire Services released incredible video of just how dangerous a brush fire northwest of Edmonton became.

Firefighter Vincent Pashko was pulling hose to fight the flames when a tornado of smoke came up on him, reported CTV News, and he was forced to jump into Sturgeon Lake for safety.

He suffered minor burns to his ears.

Crews from multiple fire stations were called out to Big Lake, just northwest of Edmonton, on Thursday.

Dry grass and strong winds allowed the grass fire to quickly spread, making it difficult for crews to control, St. Albert firefighters wrote on Facebook.

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Burnt ground left behind after a brush fire near Big Lake, Alta. (Photo: St. Albert Firefighters/Facebook)

The flames it became so dangerous that crews had to pull back.



When the blaze got too close, the firefighter was forced to jump into the Sturgeon River for safety.

He was treated at Sturgeon Hospital, and has since been released.

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