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Mapping Shuswap fires difficult due to smoke

July 25, 2021 - 12:50 PM

The wildfires in the Shuswap continue to burn with no significant change in recent days.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District offered an update Sunday, saying that the Two Mile Fire remains at 1,000-plus hectares.

"Getting accurate mapping is currently difficult due to the smoke conditions hampering the aerial surveys," the CSRD said.  "BC Wildfire Service still has 28 firefighters working the fire, Structural Protection Units (SPU) remain on scene and have day and night crews set up. The highway remains closed. There are no changes to evacuation orders and alerts."

BC Wildfire estimates that the Hunakwa Lake Fire is 2,000-plus hectares and getting accurate mapping is also difficult due to the smoke conditions hampering the aerial surveys.

There are still 14 BC Wildfire Service firefighters and two helicopters working in the area, as well as heavy equipment that continues to build guard.

"The guard was widened, especially in the area of the 8 Mile point of the 1,200 FSR yesterday," the CSRD said. "Structural Protection Units remain on the scene and have day and night crews set up to help protect the community."

With the Three Valley Lake fire, there is more growth, but it is currently moving upslope away from the Three Valley Gap Chateau.

"SPUs remain mobilized with sprinklers in place. CP Rail has been using their trains to spray vegetation with water and fire retardant to protect the line," the CSRD said.


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