Criminal charges may yet be laid in connection with massive Elephant Hill wildfire of 2017

The blaze destroyed a number of home and razed nearly 2,000 square kilometres of land stretching from Ashcroft and into areas north of the community. Many of those evacuated were accommodated in Kamloops

The RCMP is recommending criminal charges in connection to the 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire, which destroyed a number of home and razed nearly 2,000 square kilometres of land stretching from Ashcroft and into areas north of the community.

The massive fire also led to mass evacuations of communities, with the majority of residents coming to Kamloops to stay in emergency operations centre accommodations.

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Mounties have forwarded information to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said the probe into the Elephant Hill blaze in 2017 was complex and lengthy.

She said the prosecution service will make a determination about which, if any, charges may be appropriate.

Details of the report examining the cause and origin of the blaze will not be released while charges are under consideration.

BC Wildfire Service data shows the Elephant Hill fire, sparked on July 6, 2017, grew to be the largest wildfire in the province that year.

A report from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District stated the fire destroyed 228 structures, including dozens of homes in the communities of Boston Flats, Loon Lake and Pressy Lake.

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