UPDATE - White Rock Lake Fire - August 7 - 1900 Hours

Saturday, August 7, 2021

1900 Hours

  • The BC Wildfire Service is reporting that the fire remains very active within the perimeter, however, crews are having good success with containment efforts on the flank of the fire that affects Falkland.
  • The fire guards put in place on east flank of the north head of the blaze are holding steady. The fire has not challenged that guard.
  • Two-and-a-half kilometres of machine-built guard was constructed on August 6 and another two-kilometres of fire guard went in today, August 7.
  • Weather conditions are predicted to be cool, with some precipitation and high humidity. All of this will assist in fire suppression.
  • Aerial resources primary focus over the next 48-hours will be to continue to reduce the rate of spread along the active flanks, as well as ensure the safety of ground personnel. Thirteen helicopters will be delivering water to problematic areas of the fire to support ground suppression efforts.
  • All CSRD Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain unchanged. Please continue to respect the orders and stay out. If you are on Alert, you should be prepared to leave on very short notice.
  • The BC Wildfire Service authorized a three-hour window from 16:00 (4 PM) to 19:00 Hours (7 PM) for residents to return to Falkland for essential reasons only. BC Wildfire is emphasizing to Falkland residents that this temporary return is assessed day-by-day and only if public safety can be assured. Please do not rely on these opportunities for anything other than the most critical reasons. Residents should monitor the CSRD and Shuswap Emergency Program webpages and social media for any announcements.
  • There has been no word yet on when the highway may be reopened to traffic.

This will be the last update for the evening unless the fire situation changes significantly.