Shuswap Emergency Program Update – July 29, 2023 – 12:30 PM
The size of the Lower East Adams Lake Wildfire has been downgraded to 1,821 hectares from the previous 2,000-hectare estimate. This is a result of more accurate fire mapping.
The fire along the southern flank is not showing any significant growth towards populated areas.
Behaviour on this fire continues to be reduced, with most of the fire showing Rank 1 fire behaviour, with some small areas of Rank 2. These are the lowest levels on the wildfire ranking scale and indicate a smoldering ground fire.
- Structure Protection crews continue work on deploying and testing the mass water delivery system installed in the affected communities. This is not in reaction to any increased fire risk, but to have the system in place and ready to go, if needed.
- A Chinook and Kaman K-Max heavy-lift helicopters continue to be deployed on this fire, as the resources are deemed needed, to bucket on the southern and eastern flanks.
- Residents of the Shuswap may experience increased smoke in the region this weekend and into next week from the northwestern and western flank of the Lower East Adams Lake fire, as well as others burning in the region.
The Shuswap Emergency Program’s Emergency Operation Centre remains activated to a Level Two status and is ready to respond to any change in conditions. With the fire situation currently stable, this will be the only SEP update of the day, unless otherwise necessary.