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Shovel Lake fire estimated at 68,000 hectares…

Wildfire crews got a better understanding of just how large the Shovel Lake fire is. On Wednesday, fire crews had clearer skies and were given a chance to re-map the fires perimeter. However, the fire still remains very active at this time and is now listed at 68,000 hectares.

Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 10:16 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: 68,375.0 hectares

Status: Active

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Interface Fire

The Shovel Lake wildfire remained active today and pushed against the winds that were directing it, however, despite the activity there was no significant perimeter growth today.

Crews and heavy equipment worked to fortify the western side where the burn-off occurred two days ago to set up an anchor point for crews to work from. Crews and equipment worked as well to push in guard lines along the northwest corner of the fire, and focused on the south flank along from Stern Lake to utilize the PNG pipeline path to develop guard lines in order to protect structures and values to the south (on the north shore of Fraser Lake) in the case of winds coming from the north. These guard lines will have burn-offs conducted from them as safe conditions allow to strengthen their ability to hold the fire in place.

Due to clearer visibility with reduced smoke on Wednesday, objectives were supported by skimming aircraft operating off of Fraser Lake all afternoon.

A fire perimeter was re-mapped today with better visibility, and is estimated at 68,375 hectares in size at this time.

There are additional structural protection specialists and resources arrived today and are being assigned to protect and equip at-risk structures in adjacent communities. The night shift of structural protection specialists will continue tonight with two engines and two water tenders.

A new Incident Management Team transitioned in today and will be assuming command for the Shovel Lake wildfire and the Island Lake wildfire as of 20:00 hrs Wednesday.

The weather today may prove challenging with stronger winds in the forecast than prevailed on Wednesday in conjunction with lower minimum relative humidity (down to 15-20%). The high temperature is forecast to be 25 degrees. The winds are anticipated to switch between southwest, west and northwest directions up to 15 km/hr in the morning and up to 20 km/hr in the afternoon with possible gusts up to 30 km/hr.

Evacuation Order is in effect.

An Evacuation Order and Alert was expanded at 20:00 hrs August 15, 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 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.

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
• 8 helicopters
• 52 heavy equipment
In addition, 37 support personnel, 8 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 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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