UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 16 - 17:00 Hours

Monday, August 16, 2021

17:00 Hours

There are no changes to any Evacuation Orders and Alerts for the CSRD.

Precipitation in the area is good news for fire efforts this afternoon and overnight. Higher humidity will also help reduce fire growth.

 

White Rock Lake Fire

  • Structure protection and BCWS crews are working 24/7 around affected communities, which includes the Falkland and Cedar Hill areas.
  • Poor visibility today, due to smoke, has grounded all fixed-wing aircraft including air tankers, however, helicopters are flying and assisting in suppression response where needed.
  • Structure Protection Units are operating 24-hours for coverage.
  • Showers and higher humidity should help moderate fire behaviour. BC Wildfire is suggesting this may give crews a bit of a reprieve form the aggressive fire behaviour of yesterday and last night and allow them to enhance containment efforts.

 

Shuswap Complex Fires

  • Incident Commander Kyle Young is reporting good containment on the fires in the Shuswap Complex, which include Two Mile, Hunakwa, Momich and the Crazy Creek Gorge FSRD.
  • While he noted that while the weather was challenging, the highest wind speeds took place at the higher elevations, away from communities. Containment guards held, and Young credited this to good, strategic placement of these fire guards.
  • The possibility of the Crazy Creek Gorge FSR Fire merging with the Hunakwa Lake Fire was not discounted. This could benefit fire suppression because when the two flanks converge, there will be no more fuel. This means those flanks of the fires will burn themselves out.
  • The Momich Lake wildfire is currently not advancing towards Seymour Arm.
  • The area of most concern for the Two Mile fire is the south side, where terrain is difficult for crews to work.

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