Over 200 buildings lost or damaged due to wildfires near Kamloops

FILE PHOTO - The Boston Flats trailer park was reduced to rubble after the Elephant Hill wildfire.

KAMLOOPS - After completing a damage assessment for communities impacted by wildfires this summer, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District says more than 200 structures were lost or damaged.

The regional district says in a news release the Elephant Hill fire, the Little Fort Complex fire, and the Martin Mountain fire this summer impacted homes and buildings in areas surrounding Kamloops.

Overall, 215 structures were completely destroyed and 19 suffered minor damage, the regional district says.

"A number of areas throughout our regional district were impacted by the wildfires this summer," officials say.

The areas hit hardest by the Elephant Hill fire included Boston Flats where 45 homes were lost, the Loon Lake community where 40 homes were lost, and the Pressy Lake area where 33 homes were lost.

The regional district points out the damage and loss doesn't include the damage done to important infrastructure like hydro and telecommunications.

Residents in rural areas are being reminded to register their addresses with the regional district to speed up the process of reporting their structure as lost or damaged.

The regional district says it tries to inform and support residents who have had their properties affected by wildfires by providing as much information as possible, along with pictures and possibly drone footage of damage assessments.

Image Credit: CONTRIBUTED/TNRD

Image Credit: CONTRIBUTED/TNRD

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