Forest Fire Threatens Town; Train Ready for Evacuation
On July 23rd a train was standing by at Mercoal, Alta., ready to evacuate that coal-mining town if the danger from an out-of-control forest fire became acute. The fire had burned to within four miles of the community despite the efforts of 150 men equipped with 13 bulldozers and other tools.
T. R. Hammer, Provincial Forest Protection Supervisor, estimated the fire had covered 15 to 20 sections since it began. Twelve other fires, beheved started by hghtning were reported in the Alberta area. Three helicopters were used to fly in fire fighters and equipment.