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Shovel Lake fire close to 80,000 hectares…

Fire crews have once again re-mapped the Shovel Lake wildfire and is now an estimated 80,000 hectares in size. Thick black smoke covered the city of Prince George earlier this morning with that finally clearing around 11 AM this morning.

Wind is in the forecast this weekend which could make the fires burning in the Northwest extremely dangerous. Below is the latest on the Shovel Lake wildfire.

Shovel Lake fire near Fort St. James. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.

Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:13 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: 79,192.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active

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The Shovel Lake fire remains active, and is currently estimated at 79,192 hectares. This growth is not indicative of rapid overnight, but rather reflects growth over the past few days now that clearer skies have allowed our personnel to more accurately assess the perimeter. The weather is expected to be warm and dry today, with wind gusts from the west up to 30 km/hr. These conditions have led to a fire behaviour advisory being implemented due to potential increased fire activity.
Crews and heavy equipment continue to work to establish guard along the PNG pipeline east from Stern Lake, as well as along the east side of the fire on the Sutherland FSR and Barlow FSR as an equipment strike team. The east side of the fire is hung up in older cutblocks, but remains active.

This morning, black smoke may be visible from the Stella and Sharpe Road areas. The RCMP were advised of explosives on a property in the Fraser Lake fire complex area on Thursday 16, 2018. The property is within an area that is now under evacuation order due to the current wildfire situation.

RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) from the Lower Mainland has been called in to neutralize the explosives. BC Wildfire Service will have air tankers and water skimming aircraft in the area, as visibility allows, to assist if needed. The Fraser Lake Fire Department will also be present.

Crews will be conducting a burn-off from Stern Lake to Ormond Creek to remove fuels from the south perimeter. This will act as a fuel free area to help stop the fire growth south towards the north shore of Fraser Lake. This planned ignition will remove fuel within the fire perimeter to eliminate the chance of re-burn and fire spotting potential. Water skimming aircraft will be utilized to assist with this planned ignition as long as visibility remains clear. There will be increased smoke visible in the area of Fraser Lake. The planned ignition will only be carried out if environmental conditions such as weather and potential fire behaviour are favourable.

Structural Protection Specialists are engaged with structural firefighters and equipment from the Office of the Fire Commissioner in order to assess and protect structures as needed on the north shore of Fraser Lake, Nadleh Whut’en and out to the Echo Lake and Dog Creek areas. The structural crews are running day and night shifts to ensure public safety and protect structures.

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 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

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
• 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.

Released by: BC Wildfire Service

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