Nearly three acres of Crown land has been identified for a new fire hall in Loon Lake, after it was destroyed during the Elephant Hill wildfire three years ago.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has been working with the province and area First Nations to secure land to construct a new fire hall.
In a press release, the regional district said the land is located halfway along Loon Lake — off Highway 97 between Ashcroft and Clinton northwest of Kamloops, ravaged during the 2017 wildfires — and is within eight kilometres of a populated local area.
Loon Lake has a volunteer fire department. Two years ago, Fraserway RV committed $275,000 toward construction of the new fire hall in the community and fundraising has since been underway.
Construction is expected to begin in 2021.
The 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire burned more than 190,000 hectares and destroyed dozens of homes.
The fire blanketed Kamloops skies with smoke and brought evacuees to stay through the summer, with beds in Sandman Centre and at Thompson Rivers University.