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REPORTING · 16th September 2010
Merv Ritchie
UPDATE 3:12 pm - The fire is now out and there is single lane alternating traffic being let through.

UPDATE 3:00 pm - There are no casualties or injuries as the single occupant, Richard Hilbach, managed to leave the logging truck before the flames started to flare up.

Hilbach was coming from Sandy Lake and heading to Prince Rupert. He had heard a small pop and decided to pull over to check and when he did he discovered the flames. He immediately called 911 and an officer, who was enroute to Rosswood, was quickly on scene.

The Kitsumkalum fire truck is carrying 300 gallons of water, which should hopefully be enough to put out the blaze before it escalates.

UPDATE 2:45 pm - The Kitsumkalum Fire Department has arrived and is currently working on extinguishing the blaze!!

Please do not drive north on Kalum Lake Drive.

We are in the initial stages of a potential disaster as a truck has caught fire approximatley 15 km out of Terrace, with a full load of logs and 800 litres of fuel.

The Terrace Fire Department is not responding nor is Thornhill as it is outside of their fire protection boundaries. A call has been made to the Kitsumkalum Band for their assistance and they have indicated they will try and get a truck to the scene. The RCMP are contacting the Aiyansh detachment for assistance on the North end of the blaze.

The Terrace Fire Department has contacted the Provincial Emergency Program but has yet to receive a file number which would allow them to access equipment and resources without delay to attend to this fire.
The entire truck cab is ablaze
The entire truck cab is ablaze
Richard Hilbach looking on towards the logging truck fire.
Richard Hilbach looking on towards the logging truck fire.
Log Exports
Comment by Gerry Hummel on 21st September 2010
I've lived in this area since 1960 and I've never seen so many logging trucks burn up! Truck loggers are having a field day trucking logs to be exported. This means lots more wear and tear on the trucks notice the number of shredded tires lying out on the highways. Can't blame them they're selling as much as they can before Campbell turns on them. A quick jaunt to Terrace for us unemployed forestry workers and we always see more logging trucks than cars, Scarey situation!
Project Manager
Comment by Neil Okabe on 17th September 2010
It seems rather odd to me that there is no apparent (identified) emergency coverage on this stretch of highway.

Our company is fortunate to do work in the Nass Valley and as a result we travel the road continuously.

We also see many tourists either en route to the Nass Valley or coming out and I'm sure many of them are unaware of the highway dangers and/or the number of logging trucks that frequent the road, and this could be a threat to theirs and others safe travel.

When an accident occurs, time in many cases is of the essence and transporting or even extricating a victim in a timely manner is extremely important.

This stretch needs clear emergency coverage now, to avoid future potential loss of limb or (heaven forbid) loss of life.
Kitsumkalum Fire Dept.
Comment by Carol on 16th September 2010
Good old Ernie and Rob, dependable fire fighters. Good job guys.
Comment by Linda Haines on 16th September 2010
So very glad nobody was injured!
Great job on the speedy news coverage! This is why I check this site several times through the day, Thanks Merv and crew!