Shovel Lake (R11498)
Last updated: Friday, August 24, 2018 at 7:35 AM
Location: approx. 6km north of the community of Fraser Lake
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Discovered: Friday, July 27, 2018
Size: 91,042.0 hectares
The growth on the northeast corner has been wrapped with machine guard, and was being supported by helicopters bucketing yesterday. The growth in the last 48 hours has been ~3000 hectares in the northeast and northwest flanks of the fire. The main flank of the fire has not moved towards Fort St James, Highway 27, or Highway 16 in the last week.
Today in the north mop up from Roof Road to Nest Road is occurring. Guard is being finished around Cold Lake and Charlotte Lake. Contingency guard on the north and northeast flanks is being established. In the south guard is being built and hand ignitions to the east of Ormond Creek to remove fuel within the fire perimeter. Mop up along Sutherland Road between William Road to Ed Road. Burning and wet lining guard from Sutherland Road to Settlement Road.
Equipment and crews are working near McKnab Lake creating machine guard to tie into existing guard on the east side near Marie Lake. On the east flank, crews are mitigating the risk to the community of Fort St James and Highway 27. Structural protection crews, including engines, water tenders trucks and personnel will remain present in the area. The fire has moved closer to Fort St. James on the east side, 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 where continued work will occur over the next few days up towards Sowchea Creek and McNab Lake to connect onto the north side of the fire with the plan being to protect properties, timber values, and minimize environmental impact.
Aug 23 Shovel Lake Perimeter Map: https://issuu.com/frasercomplex/docs/18_r11498_map_public_info_36x48l_20
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. These structural crews are running day and night shifts to ensure public safety and protect structures.
Information for residents and evacuees affected by wildfires.
Evacuation Order is in effect.
An Evacuation Order and Alert remains in effect for this wildfire issued by the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District. A Partial Order Rescind and Revised Alert Area was issued on August 21 at 11:00. 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.
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