The incident occurred sometime after 5 p.m. at Tervita’s Silverberry waste treatment site near Mile 73 of the Alaska Highway. Executive Director of Corporate Affairs for the OGC Graham Currie says it appears a vacuum truck had caught fire and ignited nearby equipment and a wheel loader vehicle. 

An inspector was immediately dispatched to the site, and the OGC has taken over the technical investigation. 

“The commission itself, along with the other agencies, will be conducting a technical investigation,” Currie says. 

Industrial firefighters were called in to battle the blazes, which were put out by 3:30 a.m. The Beatton River Road was subsequently closed for the majority of the night, but has since been reopened.

“The road blocks were lifted, air monitoring equipment was removed this morning as well, but the site is shut down and they are restricting access there,” says Currie. 

At this point it’s too early to speculate what caused the initial shaker truck fire.