Below is the latest information on the Shovel Lake wildfire from Saturday night. We also have new photos of the fire near Fraser Lake taken from the public and posted to Twitter. Our next update will be on Monday unless something changes.
– Highway 16 between Prince George and Burns Lake will have pockets of poor visibility due to wildfire smoke. The highway is open in both directions. Please check DriveBC.ca for the latest information. (Added in at 7:05 AM)
Shovel Lake (R11498)
Last updated: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 9:49 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: 85,744.0 hectares (estimated)
The Shovel Lake fire remains active, and has currently been mapped at 85,744 hectares.
The southeast corner in the vicinity of the Nadleh Whut’en community was active, but supported by crews and bucketing helicopters.
Crews along the south perimeter of the fire conducted a successful planned ignition today, creating an approximately six kilometre fuel free from Stern Lake to Ormond Creek. This will reinforce the containment line that has been put in place along the PNG pipeline and 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 off of Fraser Lake, airtankers dropping fire retardant, and bucketing helicopters.
Structural firefighters and structural protection specialists were on the Stella Road area to protect structures as a proactive measure during the burn-off. This operation was highly visible from the surrounding areas, and continues to have personnel on site overnight in the form of structural firefighting task forces running a night shift.
Night crews will be assigned across active parts of the fire tonight to keep communities and structures safe.
Heavy equipment continues to work 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 remained active today and did cross over the Settlement Road and moved through some heavy timber and into a field, moving under the burn scar from last year. Heavy equipment and crews worked to tie this back in to the perimeter.
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.
While the BC Wildfire Service appreciates the support from the local communities, we are unable to accept or facilitate donations at the Fraser Lake fire camp. Instead please consider donating to groups supporting wildfire evacuees in affected areas.
• 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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