B.C. Wildfire crews find weed in the Okanagan wild

Forestry firefighters came across an outdoor grow-op in the mountains above Naramata on June 7.
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PENTICTON - A grow-op in the woods above Naramata was discovered by B.C. Wildfire crews who were called to the area to fight a small wildfire yesterday.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Kurt Lozinski says members were called after firefighters tending a small wildfire made the discovery on Tuesday afternoon, July 7. The firefighters were in the vicinity of Smethurst Road and the Cottonwood Trail and the Kettle Valley Railway.

The firefighters found a plot of approximately 100 marijuana plants deep in the woods.

“We attended and basically disposed of the plants locally up there. There are no charges because the plot was on Crown land and there’s no way of putting in on anybody,” Lozinski says.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze quickly, Lozinski says, commending the firefighters on their quick response in spite of the hot weather. He estimates the fire to have been about half a hectare in size.

Lozinski says it's so dry in the area, the fire could have been started by virtually anything.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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