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Shovel Lake fire morning update…

Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:33 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: 78,564.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active

Interface:

Interface Interface Fire

The Shovel Lake fire remains active, and is currently estimated at 78,564 hectares. The reduction in size is due to more accurate mapping made possible by clear skies yesterday. The weather today is forecasted to be sunny with a few clouds in the afternoon. Winds are expected to be light and variable, mainly from the S-SE, with some local light gusts.

The fire is visible from the surrounding communities, with open flame seen last night. The BC Wildfire Service is aware of the fire activity and structural protection personnel were tasked to a night shift last night to keep communities safe.

Crews conducted a burn-off yesterday 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 by removing fuel within the fire perimeter to eliminate the chance of re-burn and fire spotting potential. This planned ignition was also supported by water skimming aircraft.

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.

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. Last night, two engine task forces, with a total of 40 personnel, were tasked to a structural protection patrol.

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

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.

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