UPDATE: Fire Situation - August 17 - 14:00 Hours

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

14:00 Hours

All Evacuation Orders and Alerts in the CSRD remain unchanged at this time.

Rain has reduced fire activity on all the fires in the Shuswap Complex, which include Two Mile, Hunakwa, Momich and the Crazy Creek Gorge FSRD.

Steve Lemon, the new BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) Incident Commander on the Shuswap Complex of fires, says higher humidity and lower temperatures are also limiting growth. He adds that lower overnight temperatures are also very important, as this further slows the rate of fire growth, giving firefighters a chance to gain ground.

A small new fire has been reported today, August 17 in a remote location at the East Fork Scotch Creek Road. The estimates size is 0.01 hectare. BCWS will be assessing that fire today.

Two Mile Fire (2,499 hectares)

  • The fire moved approximately four kilometers overnight into yesterday morning on the northeast corner, away from community and structures.
  • On the south flank, crews are working in very steep terrain. The fire jumped the guard, crossed Hummingbird Creek and then burned back up to the Skyline FSR. Structure protection is ongoing in Swansea Point.
  • Today, crews are reassessing containment lines and will be working to tighten the contingency guard in the area nearest Swansea Point.

Hunakwa Lake (3,601 hectares)

  • Crews continues to mop up and patrol for any hotspots that may impact the guard on the west and north side of the fire, near the community of Seymour Arm.
  • Patrols continue from Hunakwa Lake to the west guard to extinguish any hotspots.
  • The Momich Lake wildfire (16,534 hectares) is currently not advancing towards Seymour Arm.

Crazy Creek Gorge FSR Fire (4,358 hectares)

  • Structure protection set up is now complete in Pete Martin Bay, Queest, structures south of the community of Queest and in the Narrows Village. Structure protection will continue to be monitored and adjusted as activity dictates.
  • The hand ignitions in the vicinity of Pete Martin Bay are complete.
  • Mop up to 10 feet off the fire’s edge has been completed along the perimeter closest to Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay. In some sections the mop up has been completed up to 50 feet. Today crews will continue mopping up.