215 structures destroyed

The Thompson Nicola Regional District has determined 215 structures were lost as a result of three wildfires in its region.

Another 19 suffered minor damage.

All but five of those destroyed were a result of the Elephant Hill fire, which has been estimated at more than 192,000 hectares in size.

Loon Lake, northwest of Kamloops, suffered the most damage. Seventy-three structures were lost, including 40 residences and the Loon Lake firehall. There were 32 other buildings lost, including garages and sheds.

In Pressy Lake, northeast of Loon Lake, 57 structures were destroyed by fire, including 33 residences. As well, the Boston Flats Mobile Home Park lost 45 residences.

Another 18 structures in the three communities suffered damage.

Four buildings, including one residence, were destroyed in the Little Fort Complex Fire, while one residence was destroyed as a result of the Martin Mountain fire.

"This property damage and loss is not inclusive of all of the damage that was suffered throughout the region to important infrastructure, such as hydro and telecommunications," stated TNDR officials in a new release Tuesday.

"For areas of significant property damage such as Boston Flats, Loon Lake and Pressy Lake, the TNRD was also able to arrange for drone footage to be taken to provide owners with an aerial view of the damage caused by the fire.

"While our thoughts go out to all those who lost their property, we continue to remain thankful that through these unprecedented wildfires, evacuated residents and those that worked out there to fight fires and protect properties all summer, remained safe."

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