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Shovel Lake fire remains at 91,000 hectares…

Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:38 AM

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

Size: 91,253.0 hectares

Status: Active
Hand ignitions will occur along Sutherland Road to William Road to secure the last part of the southern guard as safe conditions allow. This removed fuel on the inside of the fire guard is to prevent the fire from progressing further south or spotting. Northern winds yesterday caused the fire to be pushed into some unburned pockets of fuel, but activity remained within the existing perimeter apart from some movement into the Sutherland Drainage on the north side.

The growth on the northeast corner has had machine guard built around the end. However, this part of the fire continues to be active within guard lines and is visible from the surrounding areas but it is resourced and 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, monitoring from Roof Road to Nest Road is occurring. Crews are mopping up Nest Road to the 33 km mark. Contingency guards on the north and northeast flanks are being established. In the south, crews are mopping up along Sutherland Road to William Road from yesterday’s controlled burn and will have that line secured by end of day.

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 weather anticipated to be dry with a mix of sun and clouds, from west-southwest at 20 km/hr by the afternoon with some possible gusts up to 30 km/hr. High temperatures to 22 degrees and minimum relative humidity to 25%.

Aug 23 Shovel Lake Perimeter Map


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. 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.

An Evacuation Order remains in effect for this wildfire issued by the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.

An Evacuation Alert remains in effect for this wildfire issued by the District of Fort St. James.

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:

Closures: The Trout Lake FSR is CLOSED due to fire activity. The Sutherland Road is closed from the 15 km mark.

Information on tracking smoke in the area.

Impacts to roads in the area.

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