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Shovel Lake, Nadina Lake, and Island Lake fires aggressive yesterday

Aggressive fire behaviour was observed on the Shovel Lake, Nadina Lake and Island Lake wildfires yesterday.

The Island Lake wildfire showed considerable fire activity yesterday afternoon and evening. This fire is currently moving in a west to east direction. Crews and equipment were pulled off the fire yesterday afternoon due to extreme fire behaviour (Rank 5-6). The fire is now estimated at approximately 2,200 hectares in size and growing. The fire is currently in the Francois Lake Provincial Park area and is highly visible to surrounding communities.

The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has expanded the Evacuation Order and Alert for this fire. For more information, including a map and boundaries, please visit:…/572-expanded-evacuation-order-issu……/573-expanded-evacuation-alert-isla…

The Shovel Lake Wildfire had a small excursion on the northwest corner yesterday; however, this five-hectare excursion was held by helicopters and ground crews. Crew did make good progress on the southern contingency lines, which should be completed by tomorrow. The fire continues to be held within containment lines in the southern Shovel Creek Drainage.

The Nadina Lake Wildfire also showed aggressive fire behaviour. The fire is estimated at 5,640 hectares in size. Equipment and crews were also pulled off the fire today due to this significant activity. Burn-out operations were conducted yesterday along Nadina Lake to prevent future fire spotting towards private property.

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