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RCMP believe arson to be behind 29 separate wildfires in interior BC

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DH Vancouver Staff Jul 06, 2018 10:07 am 1,114

The RCMP, as well as the BC Wildfire Service, are currently investigating a series of wildfires that have taken place over the past four years in the Okanagan Valley.

Over this period of time, 29 wildfires were reported in Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton, Summerland, and Lake Country.

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According to a statement by the RCMP, “evidence gathered during the course of the investigations into these fires have led investigators to believe that they are connected and that the cause was determined to be arson.”

The RCMP explains that a “Southeast District RCMP Intentionally Set Wildfires Task Force” was created in May 2018 to further investigate the wildfires and identify the person(s) responsible. Members of the task force work with BC Wildfire Service and impacted stakeholders.

Sgt. Annie Linteau of the RCMP comments that “the majority of these fires were lit in interface settings” and that one of these fires “destroyed a number of homes.” While luckily no one was injured, “the potential for the loss of life was considerable.”

The 29 wildfires include the following incidents stretching back to July 7, 2014:

  • July 7, 2014, K50209, Naramata
  • July 7, 2014, White Lake Rd, Penticton
  • July 9, 2014, Richter Pass, Osoyoos
  • July 15, 2014, Mt. Kobau, Oliver
  • July 15, 2014, Apex Rd, Penticton
  • July 17, 2014, Reservoir Rd / Landfill Rd, Penticton
  • July 22, 2014, White Lake Rd, Okanagan Falls
  • August 11, 2014, Chute Lake Rd, Naramata
  • August 11, 2014, Green Mountain Rd, Penticton
  • August 13, 2014, White Lake Rd, Penticton
  • August 19, 2014, North Naramata Rd, Naramata
  • September 15, 2014, Green Mountain Rd, Penticton
  • July 2, 2015, Canyon View Rd, Summerland
  • August 7, 2015, Pampas Grass Way, Oliver
  • August 8, 2015, Spiller Rd, Penticton
  • August 11, 2015, Commonage Rd, Lake Country
  • August 11, 2015, Beaver Lake Rd, Lake Country
  • August 12, 2015, Gulch Rd, Naramata
  • August 14, 2015, White Lake Rd, Penticton
  • April 9, 2016, Fairview-Cawston Rd, Cawston
  • August 17, 2016, Commonage Rd, Lake Country
  • August 17, 2016, Oyama Rd, Lake Country
  • July 3, 2017, Pixie Beach, Lake Country
  • July 15, 2017, Okanagan Centre Rd W, Lake Country
  • September 1, 2017, Westhills Rd, Penticton
  • September 1, 2017, Old Princeton Hwy, Summerland
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