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Posted on: August 20, 2023

Bush Creek East Update August 20, 2023 at 4:30 PM

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The Shuswap Emergency Program is working hard to provide accurate and real time information.

At this time all Evacuation Alert and Orders remain in place.

North of Shuswap Lake:

Currently crews and equipment are assessing for viable line construction opportunities in the Celista and Magna Bay area to direct fire spread to the north and away from communities.

Structure protection is working in the Lee Creek Drive area where the fire is backing slowly downslope. Once it gets close enough crews will engage above the structures and start working the perimeter of the fire.

Along Bischoff Road northwest of Magna Bay, structural firefighters are working to triage and engage structure protection resources. The current fire perimeter is accurate on the eastern flank near Magna Bay and burning Rank 1. No imminent threat to communities are being protected by local fire departments.

Little Shuswap Lake:

A BCWS unit crew and a Brazilian crew are working from Little Shuswap Lake north to Loakin-Bear Creek road. The line is tied in securely above homes as of this AM. They're continuing to push north now. Crews also working along Loakin-Bear between 2-4km. A Brazilian 20-pack is working along the road and building a machine line on the north side of Loakin Valley.

South of Highway 1:

Heavy helicopter bucketing on the south side of Hwy 1 on the western flank to try and direct fire growth upslope to the south and away from the community of Chase.

An IA task force still working above Sorrento with a 20-pack of Brazilians putting in direct hand line above homes and continuing to steer fire upslope and away from the community.

  • Tankers worked to put retardant lines in the Little Shuswap area to support crews and equipment lines going in.
  • There are currently 43 structure protection personnel responding to this incident and 50 pieces of structure protection equipment assigned to this incident. This equipment is set up strategically in certain areas that are vital for personnel and public safety. The movement of this equipment has the potential to impact the safety of BCWS personnel, interagency agreement partners such as SPS protection units and emergency response personnel, and the public.
  • Ground crews continue to work in the Loakin Bear Road area, they are working to reduce the chance of further spread by constructing guard.
  • Crews are also working south of Highway 1, to slow further spread.
  • Fire behaviour as decreased as a result of lower temperatures, heavy smoke and reduced winds, temperatures however are expected to increase again later in the week.
  • Danger trees continue to pose a significant risk to persons in the area.
  • Airtankers are working north of Little Shuswap Lake to lay retardant to slow fire spread in support of ground crews.

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