Logging trailer burns on Road Two

Fire destroyed a trailer full of logs being hauled from Tree Farm 18 northwest of Clearwater on Thursday afternoon

A trailer full of logs burns near five km on Forest Service Road Two northwest of Clearwater on Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries and no damage to the surrounding forest. Cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

A trailer full of logs burns near five km on Forest Service Road Two northwest of Clearwater on Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries and no damage to the surrounding forest. Cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Fire destroyed a trailer full of logs being hauled from Tree Farm 18 northwest of Clearwater on Thursday afternoon.

According to Canfor spokesperson Dave Poole, the driver was coming down the hill when he noticed smoke and flames. He stopped and attempted to put out a burning tire with a fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful.

The load included several beetle-killed dry pine and therefore caught on fire quickly. The driver separated the truck from the trailer and so was able to save the tractor unit.

Canfor directed a water tanker to the site but there was little that could be done until the blaze cooled.

Local Forest Protection staff also attended the scene and ensured the fire did not spread.

Clearwater Fire Department was notified but did not attend as the location is outside the fire protection boundaries.

Cause of the fire has not yet been determined, said Poole, but it appeared to be either overheated brakes or a seized wheel bearing.

 

No one was hurt during the incident and the fire did not spread to the surrounding forest.