Arrest made following wildfire in Kalamalka Park near Vernon
Howard Alexander - News Editor
A wildfire near Juniper Bay in Kalamalka Provincial Park near Vernon was quickly put out with the help of neighbours. A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fire.
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June 13, 2015 - 11:47 AM
VERNON – RCMP have a man in custody after a fire broke out in Kalamalka Provincial Park last night.
Crews from the Coldstream Fire Department and B.C. Wildfire Management were called to the blaze near Juniper Bay at around 9:25 a.m., June 12, according to a RCMP media release.
“Witnesses saw the fire and attempted to put it out using hoses and a pump from a nearby residence,” RCMP media spokesperson Gord Molendyk says in the release.
Molendyk says the flames were about 20 feet high at one point, and covered a 60 by 20 foot area before the blaze was extinguished.
Firefighters spotted a man in the area of the fire and held him until police arrived.
Justin Rees, 24, was scheduled to appear in court Monday, June 15 charged with arson.
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