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Shovel Lake wildfire update for Monday…

Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Location: approx. 6km north of the community of Fraser Lake
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Discovered: Friday, July 27, 2018

Size: 86,397.0 hectares

Status: Active
Crews continue to make good progress on the east flank of the fire, and the risk to the community of Fort Saint James has not increased in several days. The Large sprinkler system along the Sowchea road will be demobilized starting today. Structural protection crews, including engines, water tenders trucks and personnel will remain present in the area.

A cold front is expected to pass through the area in the next few days which may cause windy conditions and an increase in fire behaviour. Crews are making good progress on increasing containment, and will continue to focus efforts on the southeast flank of the fire in an effort to reinforce the protection of the Highway 27 corridor.

On the south of the fire, ground crews are working to mop up sections of the fire on the southern perimeter where the successful burn-off occurred by Stern Lake several days ago, and will continue to push guard in on the southern flank of the fire along the PNG pipeline path.

The finger on the southeast side of the fire crossed over Settlement Road two days ago, moving 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 yesterday and will continue with these efforts today as fire activity has continued in this area. Crews are conducting minor burn-off operations to fortify the containment lines on the southeast corner as operable conditions allow. The fire has not moved closer to Fort St. James on the east or north sides, and heavy equipment continues to build guard starting at the Sutherland FSR and links to Dog Creek Trail, with the containment line on the southern perimeter running north of the PNG pipeline and Stella Rd. This continuous guard veers northward to wrap up the eastern side of the fire, crossing Barlow FSR and extending northward utilizing the Bud Rd.

Aircraft will be used today to support ground crews’ continued efforts if the smoky conditions allow, but the smoke is very thick over the fire this morning.

Structural firefighters and structural protection specialists continue to work on the Stella Road, Nadleh Whut�en, and Settlement Road areas to protect structures and ensure sprinkler systems are properly in place. Structural protection crews will demobilize equipment off of properties that are no longer at risk. Night crews were assigned to active sections of the fire last night to keep communities and structures safe.

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.

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Interface Interface Fire
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. These 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 click here.

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.

More information
Information Contacts:

Claire Allen (media & local government)
Claire.Allen@gov.bc.ca
250-319-2205

Forrest Tower (public inquiries)
Forrest.Tower@gov.bc.ca
250-614-6743

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources
• 229 firefighters
• 8 helicopters
• 47 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.

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