Wildfire status update from the Shuswap Emergency Program for July 12, 2023.
• The Snuffbox Creek Fire, north of Celista, has not grown from yesterday and has been more accurately mapped at 7.4 hectares from initial estimates at 15 hectares. That fire is displaying Rank One Fire behaviour, which is the lowest level of a creeping ground fire. Today there are 23 BC Wildfire personnel working on the fire, with the support of one helicopter.
• There is also a small, 0.5-hectare fire near Humamilt Lake, but crews are having good success in working on this fire and low levels of fire behaviour have been observed. There are 10 BC Wildfire crew members on site, with three pieces of heavy equipment and a helicopter to support the firefighting effort.
• Smoke from fires in Northern BC is expected to move into the Shuswap in the coming days before clearing out with a change in weather patterns.
• Currently, the Shuswap is in a High Fire Danger Rating with a serious risk of fire caused by very dry forest fuels.
• A fire ban, including all campfires, open fires and fireworks, remains in effect.