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EOC Update 10: White Rock Lake Fire


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White Rock Lake Fire K61884

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. Two unit crews are working on either side of the northern tip of the fire to prevent further spread northeast towards Paxton Valley and further. A unit crew is working in the Ingram Road excursion to prevent further spread of the excursion. Machine guard is being built from Biancotto Lake south to existing hand guard. Construction on the Martin FSR contingency line will be completed around August 11. Guard is being constructed in the Paxton Valley by a unit crew and heavy equipment. The potential of a 3km fire break, with a mass water system deployed within, from Pillar Lake northwest is being explored. If feasible, this will act as a large barrier to limit the potential of fire growth towards communities northeast of the fire including Splatsin. Splatsin is not currently under threat of this fire.

  • Distance from Splatsin: approximately 25 km
  • Size: 55,649 hectares
  • # of wildland firefighters: 163
  • # of structure protection firefighters: 138
  • # of helicopters: 14
  • # of air tankers: available
  • # of heavy equipment: 53

See details here: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=855

Two Mile Road Fire K42078

  • Distance from Splatsin: approximately 23 km
  • Size: 1,349 hectares
  • # of wildland firefighters: 52
  • # of heavy equipment: 17

See details here: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=862

Our Response

Activated on August 6, Splatsin’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) comprised of Splatsin staff and wildfire experts continues to prepare. This week there are structure protection crews in IR#1 Salmon River gathering insight and protecting properties using FireSmart best practices.

Today, the EOC was working on evacuation planning in addition to developing a communication plan. Members of the team also toured the east flank of the White Rock Lake Fire in OKIB IR#1 to get a better understanding of fire behavior and response.

Evacuation Alert

IR#1 Salmon River remains under an Evacuation Alert until Friday, August 13 at 11:59 p.m. based on the recommendations of Splatsin’s EOC. This is despite Evacuation Alerts being rescinded around us. An Evacuation Alert means that all residents of the affected area are on standby and should be ready to evacuate quickly if upgraded to an Evacuation Order.

Be Prepared

Click the resource links below to be prepared. It is never too early to start preparing as hot and dry conditions are forecasted.

  • Pack a Grab & Go Kit for each resident of your home
  • Protect your property using the FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual
  • Know your neighbourhood’s meeting spot and evacuation plan
  • Monitor updates from Splatsin and the BC Wildfire Service
  • Receive alerts using Splatsin’s Public Alert System

The Splatsin EOC will continue to monitor wildfires in our area and provide members with updates daily at 4:30 p.m. during the week.

Register for our new Public Alert System today to receive emergency updates directly to your smartphone, or via voice message, text, or email. This is the most effective way to receive updates from Splatsin. Register before August 15 at be entered to win 1 of 3 prizes valued at $800.


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