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Shovel Lake wildfire afternoon update…

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The Shovel Lake wildfire is now an estimated 50,000 hectares in size and continues to be the largest fire burning in the province. This fire will soon fall into the Prince George Fire Centre and will be taken over by a fire management team in the PG region. An update by the BC Wildfire Service is below the photo.

Smoke from wildfires in the Northwest Fire Centre continue to choke out Prince George, Vanderhoof and surrounding communities. PJXM News PHOTO.

Prince George as of 5:46 PM.

Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 1:32 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: 50,831.0 hectares

Status: Active

Interface: Interface Fire

A planned ignition carried out yesterday has successful on the west flank. This ignition secured the Hannay Road on the west side, and the objective tomorrow will be to secure this guard.
The fire exhibited aggressive (rank 5 and rank 6) behaviour today on the southwest flank. This behaviour was driven by high winds in the late afternoon.

Equipment and crews were pulled off the line, and will be re-establishing objectives for the south flank. The primary objective will be to protect areas on the north shore of Fraser Lake. Life and property remains the top priority on this fire. Visibility will be an issue for the next few days with the increased smoke.

The head of the fire did move to the Southeast but did not break the containment lines. The fire did take a run late last night 5 kilometres to the east. The fire crossed the Trout Forest Service Road in a few locations.
On the south flank of the fire are 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.

The management of this fire will be transferred to the Prince George Fire Centre and an additional Incident Management Team will be taking over the Shovel Lake fire on Wednesday, August 15th or Thursday, August 16th.

For information on tracking smoke in the area, please click here

Evacuation Order is in effect.

An Evacuation Order and Alert was expanded at 2100 August 13, 2018 and remains in effect for this wildfire by the Bulkley Nechako Regional District. For more information visit: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/

More information
For more information:
Marg Drysdale
Babine Complex Wildfire Information Officer
250-927-4637

For more information:
Brian Hearnden
Babine Complex Wildfire Information Officer
250 876-8557

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 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. BC Wildfire Service continues to implement an Area Order Restriction to protect public safety due to the wildfire�s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire suppression efforts. The area restriction will remain in place until noon on Sept. 15, 2018, or until the order is rescinded. The area restriction order applies to all Crown land outlined on the map (including recreational campgrounds) that is available online at: http://ow.ly/X8Mr30lbPR9
Closures: The Trout Lake FSR is CLOSED due to fire activity. The Sutherland Road is closed from the 15 km mark.

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