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Wildfire tally so far includes 161 structures in TNRD lost or damaged

That figure includes 53 primary residences, 28 seasonal residences, seven commercial or industrial buildings, 66 outbuildings and seven other structures with a use still to be determined.
Monte Lake fire
Flames from the White Rock Lake wildfire are seen advancing eastward toward Monte Lake on the evening of Aug. 5, 2021.

A total of 161 structures were lost or damaged due to wildfires in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District during this year's devastating wildfire season.

That figure includes 53 primary residences, 28 seasonal residences, seven commercial or industrial buildings, 66 outbuildings and seven other structures with a use still to be determined.

TNRD communications manager Michelle Nordstrom provided the figures to KTW and said the process in determining exactly which structures were lost is an ongoing process.

The highly destructive wildfire season saw thousands of properties on evacuation order and alert within the TNRD. At one point, order and alert areas comprised approximately 25 per cent of the entire geographical area of the TNRD, or about 11,250 square kilometres.

The five largest wildfires in the region burned about 340,000 hectares. That figure nearly matches the 10-year average area burned for the entire province of British Columbia, though the eastern arms of the White Rock Lake wildfire also stretch into the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

The figures reported do not include losses seen near Okanagan Lake in that regional district, nor do they include losses on First Nations land or municipal areas.

By wildfire, the White Rock Lake blaze was the most destructive, destroying or damaging 66 properties. The Sparks Lake wildfire, located northwest of Kamloops, was also highly destructive, claiming 55 properties.

The July Mountain wildfire, which burned across the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt near Brookmere, claimed three properties, as did the Tremont Creek wildfire, which burned a large area between Logan Lake and Kamloops Lake.

The Lytton Creek wildfire burned 34 properties within the TNRD, but that figure does not include properties lost within the Village of Lytton itself, which saw catastrophic losses when a wildfire swept through the town on June 30.

The provincial government sent a request for federal disaster aid funding on July 29 and is awaiting a reply from Ottawa.