The province officially opened an expanded air hangar facility at the La Ronge airport Thursday with $14 million worth of upgrades.

The four-year project significantly upgrades the airport’s firefighting capacity.

The expansion makes the hangar 40 per cent larger and new equipment includes an overhead crane, full foam sprinkler and 60,000-gallon water tank for fire suppression.

The province says there are also plans to add a CL215T water-scooping air tanker worth $38 million.

The aircraft is expected to join the fleet in time for the 2023 wildfire season.

(PHOTO: A CL-215T air tanker in the newly upgraded hangar in La Ronge. Photo by David Smith.)