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Investigators say more than 10 recent B.C. wildfires have been deliberately set

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May 09, 2016 - 4:27 PM

PRINCE GEORGE - The B.C. Conservation Service wants to know who is deliberately setting wildfires in the Peace region.

According to a government bulletin, B.C. Wildfire investigators have found evidence of at least 10 separate wildfires being deliberately set this year.

The fires have been found in three distinct areas, the bulletin notes.

"Extra conservation officers have been brought in to help with the investigation into the fires, which are believed to be connected," the bulletin says. "Some property damage has occurred, but there have been no reports of injuries so far, although some fires continue to burn."

The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity, or information related to these fires, to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1 877 952-7277. All tips can remain anonymous.

The RCMP are also asking for tips on the Bobtail Lake fire, which burned more than 24,000 hectares and caused a number of evacuations in the Prince George Fire Centre last year. Investigators have determined the wildfire, which burned for weeks, was human caused. Anyone with information about the Bobtail Lake fire is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword 'pgtips'.


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