Calling it “very disturbing,” the mayor of Quesnel, BC is warning residents to be aware of people posing as fake fire marshals in an attempt to get people to evacuate their homes.
The individuals “have been dressed in some form of uniform and wear high-viz vests and are door-knocking in various areas around Quesnel,” said the town’s mayor, Bob Simpson on Facebook.
“Please know that the RCMP or another clearly identifiable peace office will only door knock at your door when an actual order is issued for you area and they will have a signed copy of that order to show you.”
Wildfires are raging here in BC and a state of emergency has been declared Province-wide. I’ve been taking a couple days off from working out to give my lungs a break after standing in the smoky air all day at work. To everyone affected by these fires please stay safe and my thoughts are with you all ❤️ #bcwildfires #smokyskies #fieldlife #bbg1 #bbgcommunity #bbgweek7 #restdayfeels
Simpson added that if people are unsure as to whether or not the evacuation order is real, they can always check the Cariboo Regional District’s website “for an actual order or alert.”
Simpson added that if the individual issuing the order “is not a uniformed peace office and has no official order to show you, then please report these individuals to the police.”
He advised residents not to confront the false fire marshals themselves, but instead report the activity by calling 250-992-9211.
The warning comes in the wake of an announcement the the BC RCMP that 10 people were arrested for looting the homes of fire evacuees in 1oo Mile House.
300 BC RCMP officers have been deployed to the fire-affected regions, with more officers scheduled to arrive from Alberta this week.