One of B.C.’s most threatening wildfires, Shovel Lake, now being held




One of B.C.’s most threatening wildfires, Shovel Lake, now being held
One of B.C.’s most threatening wildfires, Shovel Lake, now being held

Firefighters say they’ve halted one of British Columbia’s largest and most threatening wildfires in its tracks.

The massive 92,000-hectare Shovel Lake wildfire is now classified as “being held” according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“(This) basically means that with the resources that are currently assigned to the fire and with the suppression action that’s been taken, this fire isn’t likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries, given the current and forecast conditions,” said fire information officer Ryan Turcot on Sunday.

The fire, which has been burning since July 27, got scattered showers overnight, and Turcot said the forecast is favourable for Sunday, too.

Highs are expected in the mid- to upper teens, and there’s plenty of moisture in the air, with a humidity index of nearly 40 percent.

The fire was hit with winds of up to 60 kilometers per hour on Friday, but flames never escaped a containment boundary built by the B.C. Wildfire Service.