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UPDATE: Man rescued after going around evacuation check point charged

UPDATE: Fox Creek RCMP says a charge of common nuisance has been laid against Edmonton resident Gurnoor Singh. He has been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for Fox Creek on July 24th.

No further updates from police are expected.

The RCMP in Fox Creek is seeking charges against a man who had to be rescued after allegedly using a gravel road to go around a wildfire evacuation order check point. Police say they were notified around 2:45 p.m. Friday that a man’s large truck had gotten stuck in the mud northwest of the town and the fire in the area had surrounded him.

It’s reported that due to the active fire in the area, it was deemed unsafe for first responders to enter the area. Instead, a forestry helicopter responded and airlifted the man out.

Staff Sergeant District Advisory NCO Neal Fraser says this serves as a reminder for the public to avoid travelling in evacuated areas and to make sure to have a safe route planned when travelling near areas affected by wildfire.

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“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.”

It’s expected further details will be released.

As of May 22nd, the Eagle Complex wildfire is burning out of control at 72,830 hectares. Alberta Wildfire says no further growth toward the Town of Fox Creek was noticed Sunday. Firefighters will be taking advantage of the cooler and wet weather to reinforce the guard west of Fox Creek and to build new line along the southern edge of the excursion that crossed Highway 43 north of Fox Creek.

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