August 13, 2018
Gilmore Lake Wildfire (R22298), part of the Babine Complex, Northwest Fire Centre Location: 2.5 kilometers south of Gilmore Lake and 8 kilometers southwest of Topley Status: 200 hectares estimated as of this morning. Cause: lightning Resources: 30 firefighters and 13 pieces of heavy equipment. Current Activity: This fire is 100% contained. Sunset Road is holding on the eastern flank. Crews will mop up spots along the south flank and on southeast corner, as well as establishing control lines on northwest and north flank. Evacuations: The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has implemented an Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert for this fire. For more information visit: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/
Verdun Wildfire (R11796) Location: 10 km southwest of Grassy Plains Status: 4,500 hectares estimated Cause: lightning Resources: 19 firefighters and 13 pieces of heavy equipment. Objectives: The Verdun Wildfire has experienced some erratic fire behaviour. Crews are building and maintaining guards around homes in the area, wetting down structures throughout the day and clearing fuels from the immediate vicinity. A water tender and additional equipment have been assigned to this fire this morning. Fire was adjacent to Keefe’s Landing Road but did not breach. The ferry is running 24/7 in the event it is needed. The west flank has a clear guard. Life and property is the priority for BC Wildfire Service. Evacuations: The Evacuation Alert and Order was expanded for this wildfire yesterday by the Bulkley Nechako Regional District. For more information visit: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/
Nadina Lake Wildfire (R21721) Location: 60km south of Houston Status: 25,000 hectares estimated as of last night. Cause: lightning Resources: 19 firefighters and 31 pieces of heavy equipment. Objectives: There is little information being reported from this fire, we hope to rectify this shortly. This fire continues to challenge crews. Crews contained a spot fire across the guard towards the ‘fisheries’ area. There were 4 helis supporting ground crews yesterday – 2 heavies and 2 mediums. Evacuations: The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has implemented an Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert for this fire. For more information visit: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/
August 13, 2018
Shovel Lake Wildfire (R11498) Location: 6.7 km north of Endako Status: 31,500 hectares estimated Cause: under investigation Resources: 113 firefighters and 52 pieces of heavy equipment. Objectives: Yesterday was a calmer day on the Shovel Lake fire, as crews took the opportunity to prepare for a forecasted wind event tomorrow (the forecast has since been updated with less wind than expected). In the south, heavy equipment are completing a control line from Tatin Lake to the Trout FSR. Once complete, heavy equipment crews are planning to build a contingency line from the 13km on the Trout FSR to Oona Lake. In the south of the fire, along the Bomberger-Shovel Creek road, crews are setting up water delivery systems to support a planned aerial ignition when weather permits. On the southwest of the fire along the PNG pipeline, crews were challenged by wind in the late afternoon but were able to contain the fire through bucketing support by heavy helicopters. Control lines are being assessed for implementation ahead of the northern head of the fire. A planned ignition was slated to be carried out yesterday but was called off due to unfavourable conditions, the forecast with winds from the SW are looking more favourable for today (but again will only be conducted if safe to do so). Evacuations: An Evacuation Order and Alert remains in effect for this wildfire by the Bulkley Nechako Regional District. For more information visit: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/ BC Wildfire Service continues to implement an Area Order Restriction to protect public safety due to the wildfireâ€™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: http://ow.ly/X8Mr30lbPR9
Island Lake Wildfire (R11921) Location: Adjacent to Island Lake Status: 13,000 hectares, size adjustment is due to guards being established. Cause: Under investigation Resources: 7 firefighters and 15 pieces of heavy equipment. Objectives: Again this fire did not show any growth. The west flank guard is complete, the east flank lake to swamp is holding. Danger Tree Assessing and Falling will occur along the Island Lake Road today. There was some active fire in the west part of the fire but it was well away from all values. Industry continues to assist with holding the 200 Road. Evacuations: The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has implemented an Evacuation Order and Alert for this wildfire. For more information visit: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/
Cheslaslie Arm (R12270) Cheslaslie Arm (R12270), part of the Babine Complex, Northwest Fire Centre Location: 18 km west of Jim Smith Point on the Oostsa Reservoir. Status: 1000 hectares estimated Cause: Under investigation Resources: 6 pieces of heavy equipment. This fire is being resourced by Industry. Objectives: No report that industry has returned to this fire. Evacuations: An Evacuation Order and Alert is implemented by the Bulkley Nechako Regional District webpage. For more information visit: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/
August 13, 2018 HELPFUL RESOURCES: Wildfires of Note: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=699 Drifting Smoke: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html Smoke Health Concerns: HealthLink BC | dial 8-1-1| www.healthlinkbc.ca/kbaltindex.asp
For information about Evacuation Orders and Alerts: Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/ BC Parks: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/wildfire/ Sites and Trails: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/closures.aspx
BC Wildfire Reporting and Information: Report a wildfire: 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cell Fire information line: 1 888 336-7378 Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo Facebook: BC Wildfire Service
Staying informed You can view fire weather updates on the BC Wildfire website: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfirestatus/wildfire-situation/fire-danger/fire-weather You can view information on other fires and BC Wildfire advisories at: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/ WildfireNews/News.asp You can stay up to date with road closures at: https://www.tranbc.ca/current-travel-advisories/ Interactive Map with Evacuation Alerts and Orders: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/ index.html?appid=ef6f11c8c36b42c29e103f65dbcd7538 Information about Fire Rank: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/about-bcws/wildfireresponse/fire-characteristics/rank
August 13, 2018
Fire Weather Forecast Monday –Sunny, winds SW-W 10-15 km/h in the morning become 20 km/h in the afternoon. High temperatures near 28°C and minimum RH 25%. Tuesday – Partly Cloudy overnight. Winds will be W 15-20km/h with gusts to 30 km/h. High temperatures near 23°C and minimum RH 30% Outlook –Weakening upper cold front drifts to near Smithers leading to possible cloudy skies with no precipitation. Westerly wind flow continues with high temperatures near 20°C and minimum RH upper 20’s. Winds will be W-NW 10-20 km/h. Visibility will be an issue for the next few days on all fires.
Please note that with smoky conditions driving is a hazard please be cautious, patient and turn your headlights on.
Babine Complex - August 13, 2018