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Shovel Lake fire reaches 31,000 hectares…

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Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10:26 PM

Location: approx 6.7 km NW of Endako, approx 30 km NE of Burns Lake and approx 54 km SW of Ft. St. James
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Discovered: Friday, July 27, 2018

Size: 31,500.0 hectares

Status: Active

Interface: Interface Fire

The head of the fire did not move but expanded in the Southeast. The fire crossed the Trout Forest Service Road in a few locations. The south flank of the fire is two geographical channels that could move the fire south to the north shore of Fraser Lake which is the primary reason for recommending an upgrade from an Evacuation Alert to an Order.

Owl Lake to Tatin Lake guard is holding. On the Northwest a planned ignition was conducted on this fire. It was not the cause of this increased fire behaviour or expansion.

The planned ignition went well but winds shifted late in the day blowing in a Southeasterly direction.

Sunday was a calmer day on the Shovel Lake fire, as crews took the opportunity to prepare for a forecasted wind event tomorrow (the forecast has since been updated with less wind than expected).

In the south, heavy equipment are completing a control line from Tatin Lake to the Trout FSR. Once complete, heavy equipment crews are planning to build a contingency line from the 13km on the Trout FSR to Oona Lake. In the south of the fire, along the

Bomberger-Shovel Creek road, crews are setting up water delivery systems to support a planned aerial ignition when weather permits.

On the southwest of the fire along the PNG pipeline, crews were challenged by wind in the late afternoon but were able to contain the fire through bucketing support by heavy helicopters.

Control lines are being assessed for implementation ahead of the northern head of the fire.

A planned ignition was slated to be carried out yesterday but was called off due to unfavourable conditions, the forecast with winds from the SW are looking more favourable for today (but again will only be conducted if safe to do so).

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Evacuation Order is in effect.

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Cause: Under Investigation

• 113 firefighters
• 52 heavy equipment
In addition, 37 support personnel, 16 helicopters and 17 structural protection staff are shared amongst all fires comprising this complex and are utilized according to areas of highest risk life and property being the number one priority.

Released by: BCWS

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