On May 19, 2023, Fox Creek RCMP investigated a report that a male had become stranded after attempting to use a gravel road to go around a check point.
On May 20, 2023, Fox Creek RCMP charged Gurnoor Singh, a resident of Edmonton, with Common Nuisance.
Singh was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Fox Creek on July 24, 2023.
As this matter is now before the courts, no further updates or details surrounding the incident will be provided.
On May 19, 2023 at 2:45 p.m., Fox Creek RCMP were notified that a male had become stranded northwest of Fox Creek after attempting to use a gravel road to go around a check point.
The large truck that the male was driving had become stuck in the mud, and the current active fire in the area had surrounded him.
Due to the active fire in the area, it was deemed unsafe for first responders to enter the area. A forestry helicopter attended the location and was able to air lift the male out to safety.
As a result of the investigation, RCMP are currently seeking to lay charges against the male.
“Alberta RCMP continue to be deployed with specialized units to assist with public safety and crime reduction efforts during these fires. Incidents like these only serve to put unnecessary strain on all first responders while threatening the safety of our communities.” said S/Sgt District Advisory NCO Neal Fraser.
Alberta RCMP would like to remind the public to avoid traveling in evacuation areas whenever possible and to ensure you have plotted a safe route when traveling near areas affected by wildfires.