Planned burns set on Shovel Lake fire today

The BC Wildfire Service is currently conducting planned burns on the Shovel Lake wildfire today from Stern Lake to Ormond Creek.

This was planned yesterday, but unfavourable winds limited the ground crews’ ability to complete the operation. This planned ignition aims to remove fuel within the fire perimeter to eliminate the chance of re-burn and fire spotting potential. Bucketing helicopters and water skimming aircraft will be utilized to assist with this planned ignition if visibility allows with smoke. The planned ignition will only be carried out as long as environmental conditions such as weather and potential fire behaviour are safely operable. Increased smoke and fire activity will be highly visible from Fraser Lake and adjacent areas.

Additionally, the BC Wildfire Service is conducting planned burns on the Island Lake wildfire in order to increase containment on the south and southeast perimeters of the fire in order to contain recent growth and activity. Visibility is currently low over the Island Lake wildfire due to smoke, but the planned ignition may be visible from the surrounding areas. Updates for both the Island Lake and Shovel Lake wildfires are regularly posted to the BC Wildfire Service’s Wildfires of Note page: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hp…/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp