UPDATE - White Rock Lake Fire - August 10 - 19:00 Hours

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

1900 Hours

  • Cooler temperatures gave the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) a window of opportunity to be successful in setting up guards, as fire growth was minimized.
  • The fire size is now estimated at 55,650 hectares and is still classified as out of control.
  • There continues to be moderate growth in active areas on the northeast flank, which is the section of the fire that would threaten the Falkland area.
  • On the northern flank, crews will work on establishing containment along Grange FSR to Adelphi Road on the eastern side of the northern finger of the fire perimeter to protect this flank from growing towards Pinaus Lake.
  • Current resources include: 163 wildland firefighters, (22 remained on-site through the night), 138 structure protection personnel (20 remained on-site through the night) and 14 helicopters. Additional air support is available and will be utilized as required, should conditions allow.
  • There are also five danger tree assessors/fallers on site, and 53 pieces of heavy equipment, along with the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team.
  • The structure protection branch consists of 138 structure protection personnel from various fire departments. Twenty personnel are remaining on site overnight tonight to ensure 24-hour coverage for Structure Protection. Seven pieces of heavy equipment, two Type-1 Structure Protection Unit (SPU) trailers, four Type-2 SPU trailer, 20 engines, five mass-water delivery systems, and 16 water tenders are also assigned to the structure protection branch.
  • Some gusty winds are likely on Wednesday and conditions are returning to hot temperatures with low humidity and no precipitation in the forecast.
  • BCWS and the Shuswap Emergency Program were very pleased that enough progress was made on the fire to allow for the Evacuation Order rescind for Falkland and the reduction of Evacuation alerts in the Silver Creek, Deep Creek and Glenemma areas yesterday. However, residents are asked not to lower their guard and to continue to be prepared to evacuate once again, if necessary.

The Shuswap Emergency Program is planning a community meeting for Wednesday, August 11 at 6:30 PM at the Falkland Community Hall. People can also tune in by Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83553904744

The link will also be posted on the CSRD website and the Shuswap Emergency Program page, as well as our social media platforms.

This will be our last update of the evening, unless the fire situation changes significantly.