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Shovel Lake wildfire update Aug 15…

Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM

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

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The Shovel Lake wildfire did not experience the same activity and growth as yesterday, however, there was some fire activity again on the east side.
The fire is split up into North and South divisions. The North division worked to secure the Hannay Road and the PNG pipeline on the west flank of the fire. They have a secured line at this point. Crews also worked to tie in Tatin Lake northwest to Owl Lake. There are unburned pockets of fuel on the fire side of this guard that will be hand ignited tomorrow if conditions allow.

In the South Division the fire did get onto the south side of Stern Lake. Crews built guard on the south side of the fire activity and were successful in guarding this excursion. The big picture plan for the South division is to build a guard from Stern Lake east all the way across the north of Fraser Lake.

Equipment will also build guard following a PNG pipeline that runs along the north shore of Fraser lake. This will act as a secondary guard for the properties on the north shore.
There is now a night shift of SPU specialists, and more trucks and trailers are set to arrive for tomorrow.

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.

Evacuation Order is in effect.

Evacuations: 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/
BC Wildfire Service continues to implement an Area Order Restriction to protect public safety due to the wildfires 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 The area restriction will remain in place until noon on Sept. 15, 2018, or until the order is rescinded.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.
Evacuations: For all Evacuation Alert and Order information go to the Bulkley Nechako Regional District at:
https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/ or contact your local band office.

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 wildfires 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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