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Updated: Shovel Lake fire 40 per cent contained…

UPDATE: Despite the fire taking sustained winds from the west today up to 60 km/hr, it stayed within containment lines.
The most activity continues in the northeast and southeast corners but did not significantly grow beyond the current perimeter.

Crews did some handlighting on the west side and in the Hannay area to secure the perimeter, taking advantage of good conditions and the western winds. Crews continue to work on the north flank in the Sutherland Drainage where they have tied the fire activity in to the park boundary and are working to protect timber values, and are mop-up and patrol occured in the Hannay area and from Duncan Road on the north flank to the Sutherland Drainage.

Thunderstorms rolled through the Fraser Lake area Friday evening. A rainbow formed afterward at a Wildfire Service camp working the Shovel Lake wildfire. PHOTO BC WILDFIRE SERVICE

In the south, crews will continue their work patrolling and demobilizing from the southwest corner (Tatin Lake) along the southern perimeter to the Ormond Creek, and from there are mopping up towards the southeast corner by the Settlement Road.
Tomorrow’s winds are forecast to be overall a bit lighter than today, with SW-W 15-20 gusting 30 km/hr, with high temperatures in the mid to high teens and minimum relative humidity in the 35% range. Some scattered showers are possible.

Below is Friday’s update on this fire. Shovel Lake is now 40 per cent contained. Gusty winds are challenging the containment lines wildfire crews have created. More below.

Shovel Lake (R11498)

Last updated: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 9:47 AM

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

Size: 92,255.0 hectares

Status: Active
• 40% contained
The fire remained active overnight with strong and sustained winds. The most activity continues to occur within containment lines, and most notably in the northeast and southeast corners.

With the high winds on Thursday, containment lines were challenged on the northeast corner that bucketing helicopters and crews responded to initially, and were then supported by water skimming aircraft to help hold the line. Crews will seek small scale burn-off opportunities if conditions allow to reinforced containment lines in the northeast and southeast today. The skimmers will be requested again today to help with objectives as needed. With the resources on the northeast corner, the current activity is not cause for alarm for the residents of Sowchea Bay, Fort St. James, or the Highway 27 corridor.

Crews continue to work on the north flank in the Sutherland Drainage where they have tied the fire activity in to the park boundary and are working to protect timber values. Mop-up and patrol will occur in the Hannay area and from Duncan Road on the north flank to the Sutherland Drainage.

In the south, crews are continue their work patrolling and demobilizing from the southwest corner (Tatin Lake) along the southern perimeter to the Ormond Creek, and from there are mopping up towards the southeast corner by the Settlement Road. Structural protection crews are demobilizing the remaining gear off of properties on the Becker Rd, Settlement Rd, and Nadleh Whut’en areas in the southern flank.

There were some light, scattered showers (and even a brief bit of hail) across parts of the fire yesterday, but with the dryness of fuels and soil layers, it did not significantly affect the remaining fire behaviour. Winds remained strong overnight, with variable gusts that kept the fire behaviour active.

Today’s weather and winds will be similar to yesterday, with high temperatures in the mid to high teens, with anticipated minimum relative humidity approximately 30-35%.

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