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Shovel Lake fire classed as ‘being held’

The Shovel Lake wildfire, located north of Fraser Lake, is now classified as “being held”, meaning that with the resources currently assigned and with the suppression action that has been taken, that the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under current and forecast conditions.

More than 200 firefighters, heavy equipment operators, helicopter and airtanker pilots, and support staff have contributed continuous efforts over the past few weeks, with almost no relief from Mother Nature. The attached photo shows the BC Wildfire Service’s Stormriders Unit Crew from 100 Mile House today giving a hose-lay thumbs-up from the northeast corner of fire that they have worked hard to secure.

There is still lots of progress yet to be made and smoke will remain visible as crews will continue to conduct mop-up, patrol, danger tree assessments, and to secure perimeters from any internal fire activity that poses a risk. With the mitigated risk to communities, evacuation alerts and orders have been scaled back by local First Nations and governments, please check regularly with the applicable jurisdictions for complete information. For regularly updated information on the Shovel Lake wildfire, please see the Wildfires of Note page: http://ow.ly/NWCr30lEoXc

The BC Wildfire Service would also like to remind the public that an Area Restriction Order remains in place over the fire, for details please see:http://ow.ly/xOI530lEoZA

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