We got to the junction around 2:30 and only a few cars were waiting. After talking to the person at the barrier we learned that the next pilot car to drive through the active burn area would be leaving in 20mins! This gave us just enough time to get some gas and grab some snacks out of the trailer before the pilot left. We were concerned that the kids would rebel since the campground we were heading to was a 70-80 km south of the junction and we had already been in the truck for many hours. (They were amazing troopers and perked up with the possibility of sugary snacks and chips - which they don't usually get in the car!)
The fire was mostly out where we were driving through, but we did see some flames. It was about a 20 min drive following the pilot car through the most active part of the fire and then another 10-15 min driving past burnt bush after the pilot car turned around.
Boya Lake is one of those impossibly green lakes. Our Site backed right onto the lake so we spent some quality time throwing rocks into the lake (of course) and wading in the water. The boys got totally soaked in the cold water so that was the end of that game.
After dinner Dave went to go