An update on recent emergency incidents along Highway 63
Post Date:07/20/2021 3:19 PM
Recently, Lac La Biche County Fire and Enforcement Services were called to large-scale incidents along Highway 63.
The first incident occurred on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm near kilometre 102. Nine people were injured in an off-road incident while fighting an out-of-control wildfire. Seven were transported to hospital, and two were treated and released on scene. Resources were deployed from Lac La Biche County Fire Services (Plamondon), Lac La Biche County Peace Officers, the Wandering River Fire Department, Highway 63 Rescue, the Fort McMurray Fire Department, Associated Ambulance, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, and the Boyle RCMP Detachment. Ambulances attended from Boyle and Fort McMurray, including Hero 1 (an air ambulance). Due to the quick response from all agencies, everyone received on-scene medical care and were transported to local hospitals right away.
The second incident occurred on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11 pm near kilometre 92. A semi-truck that was transporting a high volume of flammable substances caught fire. This emergency response included Lac La Biche County Fire Services (Plamondon and Lac La Biche), Lac La Biche County Peace Officers, the Wandering River Fire Department, Highway 63 Rescue, the Grassland Fire Department, the Boyle Fire Department, Associated Ambulance, and the Boyle RCMP Detachment. Thanks to the efforts of all agencies, the fire was quickly brought under control and risk to the public was immediately reduced.
Emergency services must work together to provide a high level of care and protection to the public. We would like to thank all of our partner agencies, who at a moment's notice responded to these two incidents and worked as a team to create these excellent outcomes.