Shuswap Emergency Program Update – August 14, 2023 at 1 PM
BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) crews are continuing to work on building fire guards to assist with the protection of the community of Lee Creek along the southeast section of the fire. Higher temperatures and predicted afternoon winds may increase fire behaviour and make it more visible to people in the area. Residents can expect an increase in smoke in the area over the next few days.
- BC Wildfire is welcoming an additional 100 firefighters from Costa Rica into the base camp at the Squilax Airfield. They will join the crews from BC, as well as a crew of approximately 100 firefighters from Brazil.
- The area north of the Adams Lake Ferry Terminal remains on Evacuation Alert. Residents in Dorian Bay, Woolford Point and Enns Reach should be ready to leave on short notice if required.
- Mop-up efforts continue along Rawson Road. Danger tree assessors and tree fallers are in the area to support crews and heavy equipment.
- A total of 15 helicopters are available to work on the three fires in the Adams Lake Complex, and those resources will be deployed as needed by BCWS.
Photo: A BC Wildfire helicopter scoops water from Adams Lake to bucket on the Lower East Adams Lake Wildfire on August 12, 2023. (CSRD photo)