Here’s a few photos of a burned trailer Jack took some years ago. He came across it north of Coldfoot. He’s not sure how the tires caught fire, but somehow they did. It could’ve been that the driver got a couple of flat tires and kept driving, or that the brakes locked up. He suspects the brakes did not release for some reason. There’s more explanation on the captions, click on the first one and scroll to the right to see them all.
This truck may have been going to auction or it could have been on its way to a new job site.
Somehow the fire did manage to burn the cab somewhat.
This diesel tank probably burned because there was fuel in it. It didn’t explode. At some point the metal straps that were holding the tanks up to the truck melted and the tanks dropped onto the trailer. The burnt piece of wood most likely came from the wood deck of the flat bed.
You can see the back of a brake can on the right side and one of the brake springs on the left.
In case anyone is interested, here is an image showing how many wildfires are burning in interior and south central Alaska. The two down by Anchorage are wreaking havoc and there are a bunch around Delta. Here is the website where you can get up to date info about this: http://smoke.arsc.edu/current_fires.html
A few years ago a truck engine spontaneously caught fire. It was an electrical issue with the truck. It had popped a breaker and when the breaker was flipped back, the fire started. That’s what is thought to have happened. In the photos you can only see smoke, and the Fairbanks Fire Department working to put it out. We can imagine it was some seriously toxic smoke, as it is anytime a vehicle catches fire. The Carlile employees including Jack moved the vehicles that were next to it immediately but couldn’t do anything about the fire.
(For those of you lucky souls who don’t have to deal with the cold temperatures, trucks and all vehicles are plugged in before driving to heat up the oil and anti-freeze.)
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