UPDATE #3 – The Highway remains closed and could be closed until 3 a.m. The RCMP are also looking for witnesses – Here is the latest on the fire https://www.energeticcity.ca/2020/05/rcmp-looking-for-witnesses-after-tanker-truck-fire/
UPDATE #2 – First responders (police, fire, ambulance and Ministry of Environment) are on the scene of a tanker fire on the Alaska Highway between the 269 Road and 271 Road. The fire is under control but is producing a lot of smoke. Residents are asked to avoid the area and shelter in place if they smell smoke. Evacuations are NOT required at this time.
To shelter in place follow the guidelines from Emergency Management BC:
– Go indoors and stay there
– Close all outside doors and every door inside the building
– Close all windows
– Do not use kitchen or bathroom vents
– Set thermostats so air conditioners, furnaces and hot water heaters will not come on
– Do not use fireplaces. Close all dampers
– Do not operate the clothes dryer
– Stay in an inside room away from windows and doors if possible
– Reduce or avoid smoking as it contaminates the air
– Do not leave the building until told to
– Stay tuned to local television or radio for information
– Do not use the telephone. Leave the phone lines open for emergency personnel
UPDATE – The highway is closed in both directions.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is closed north bound just past Fort St John.
There seems to be a semi-truck on fire close to the new Brandt Tractor building.
Below are some pictures of the fire sent to Energeticcity.ca
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More details to come
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