Drone footage reveals scale of destruction at Loon Lake

By Doug Collins
July 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

LOON LAKE, B.C. — The Thompson Nicola Regional District has released drone footage taken in the Loon Lake area, showing the destruction and damage from the Elephant Hill wildfire.

It is one of the harder hit areas in the path of the fire.

Assessment of the damage is still being conducted, but the drone footage, shows a wide-scale path of destruction the fire caused.

Residents of Loon Lake are still waiting to return home.

Meantime, the fire that caused the destruction at Loon Lake has seen some increased fire behaviour over the last 24 hours, and there is increased concern about which direction the fire is going.

Unexpected easterly winds yesterday pushed the fire over the western containment lines towards the Bonaparte River.

That prompted the TNRD to issue an evacuation order for 15 properties northeast of Clinton, There are no immediate threats to structures at this time. 

The expansion of the fire yesterday has increased the size of the fire to 61,500 hectares.

About 300 firefighters are working on the blaze.

50 structural protection specialists, and air support are also involved.

Increase winds and increasing dry conditions contributed to the fire's activity. 

Controlled burns are being considered, but everything depends on the weather. 

EXTENDED: Full drone video released by the TNRD

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