Evacuation order and alert continue for Bolean Lake blaze

Crews were able to establish a fire guard along the south flank near Chase-Falkland Road Tuesday

Firefighters continue to tackle the Bolean Lake fire near Falkland.

Firefighters continue to tackle the Bolean Lake fire near Falkland.

UPDATED 4:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JULY 22:

An evacuation order remains in effect for the Bolean Lake Lodge.

An evacuation alert remains in effect for 24 properties along Chase Falkland Road as a result of the Bolean Lake wildfire burning north of Falkland.

The wildfire is believed to have originated from a lightning strike above Chase-Falkland Road and spread during heavy winds on Monday, July 20.

The fire spotted ahead of itself and a second fire started that is running along the plateau to the north east of Bolean Lake.

Both fire locations were accurately GPS mapped this morning and the fire closest to Chase-Falkland Road is now approximately 183 hectares. The plateau fire closer to Bolean Lake is approximately 165 hectares.

Overnight, crews noticed very little downhill movement of the fire near the Chase-Falkland Road. Hand lines and guards along an old mine road are holding.

The Shuswap Emergency Program Structural Protection Strike Team is proactively assessing homes along Chase Falkland Road and structures at the Bolean Lake Lodge. The team has not deployed the sprinkler protection unit at this time.

A total of 41 firefighters, four dozers and two water tender units will be working both fires today with a goal to establish more containment lines. Aerial equipment including helicopters and tankers are available and may be deployed if needed.

Cooler temperatures, calmer winds and higher relative humidity is benefiting the firefighting efforts.

Management of the fire will be transitioning to an incident management team today who will work with the Emergency Operations Centre which was established by the Shuswap Emergency Program to support the site.

Further updates will be made as soon as new information is available.

The Shuswap Emergency Program reminds those residents who are within the evacuation alert area to be prepared to leave their property on short notice.

Review your family preparedness plan and have your grab and go bag easily accessible.

Please visit the CSRD website at www.csrd.bc.ca or www.sepadvisory.ca for information updates.

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The evacuation alert for 24 properties along Chase-Falkland Road remains in effect while the evacuation order continues for the Bolean Lake Lodge and the surrounding area.

The fire started on the south slope near Chase-Falkland Road Monday and was lightning-caused. Heavy winds quickly carried the flames and started a secondary fire which is burning closer to Bolean Lake, and is estimated to be 300 hectares in size. The initial lightning-caused fire near Chase-Falkland Road is estimated at 80 hectares.

“Fifty firefighters, including three heavy pieces of equipment, one helicopter and aerial tanker support, actioned the fire throughout the day Tuesday,” said Ryan Nitchie, with the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District.

“Crews were able to establish a fire guard along the south flank near Chase-Falkland Road using back-burn techniques and hand guards along an existing abandoned mine road. As of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the guards were providing fire containment and controlling the spread.”

The BC Wildfire Management Branch will establish an incident management team to assume the responsibility of managing the Bolean Lake fire and several other fires in Okanagan/Shuswap today (Wednesday).

“Further updates will made as soon as new information is available,” said Nitchie.

“The Shuswap Emergency Program reminds those residents who are within the evacuation alert area to be prepared to leave their property on short notice. Review your family preparedness plan and have your grab and go bag easily accessible.”

Go to www.csrd.bc.ca or www.sepadvisory.ca for information updates.