UPDATE August 6, 2023 – 3:00 PM - The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is reporting minimal growth to the Lower East Adams Lake Wildfire. Due to heavy smoke the visibility has been poor, making it difficult to get an accurate reading of the fire growth.
BCWS is keeping a close eye on the weather, fire behaviour is expected to increase due to dry fuels, dry air, increased temperatures and increasing instability. A forecasted cold front this afternoon has the potential to cause erratic winds and rapid shifts in wind directions.
Depending on the weather conditions and associated fire movement over the coming days, this fire has the potential to impact communities to the south of the fire, including Lee Creek. Shuswap Emergency Program staff and BCWS will continue to watch this situation closely and ensure that Alerts and Orders are up-to-date and reflective of the current fire risk.
This will be the only update from the Shuswap Emergency Program today unless additional updates are deemed necessary.
- An EVACUATION ORDER affecting all 92 properties in the CSRD is still in affect.
- An Evacuation Alert for the Northern Reach of Tsutswecw Provincial Park is still in affect.
- Fire growth remains minimal and is predominately into mountain tops.
- No structure loss has occurred.
- Guard construction is beginning on the south flank of the fire from Rawson Rd and heading east, to prevent further spread to the south.
- A unit crew is preparing to conduct ignitions on the south flank following the equipment line.
- The guard on the north flank is expected to be completed by tomorrow.
- Crews continue to maintain and utilize wet line on the east and north flanks.
- An initial attack crew is responding to a spot fire on the northeast corner of the fire.
- Helicopters will continue to bucket the hotspots upslope of the properties along Rawson Road.
- Structure protection resources will be conducting 24/7 patrols and operations.
- A mass water system is set up if needed.
- The public is asked to stay off the lake to support the aerial firefighting efforts.
- The Adams Lake Ferry is no longer transporting anyone from the public to the east side. The ferry remains in service for BC Wildfire crews and first responders only.
- RCMP and private security are working to keep the evacuated area secure.
- This wildfire remains a quickly evolving situation. Information will be posted as it comes in from the field.
📸 An image of a Helicopter bucketing over the Lower East Adams Lake Fire.