Tanker Fire near Charlie Lake

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Incident Description

Incident Date May 26, 2020 
Name Tanker Fire near Charlie Lake (DGIR: 200675 )
Source Tanker Truck 
Nearest Community Fort St. John 
Spilled Content Crude Oil 
Who is involved? Charlie Lake Fire Department, Fort St. John Fire Department, Taylor Fire Department, RCMP, BC Ambulance, B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy


Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV) may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

May 26, 2020 - 7:41 pm

At  4:30 pm on May 26, a tanker truck carrying crude oil overturned near Charlie Lake, approximately 10 km north of Fort St. John. The tanker truck and pup trailer fires have been contained to the incident site and adjacent ditches. Local Fire Crews, RCMP, Conservation Officer Services and BC Ambulance are all on scene. 

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) remains on scene. 

Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) is currently closed. Please check DriveBC for the latest information on highway closures. 

The next update will be posted as soon as new information is available.