Current Conditions

Cloudy
5.5°C

UPDATE: B.C. Wildfire firefighters under investigation for allegedly starting their own campfire

This photo was posted to a Clearwater community Facebook page. The faces of the firefighters are blurred until more information is released by B.C. Wildfire.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Rusty Clark
July 12, 2017 - 4:38 PM

A social media post showing B.C. Wildfire firefighters standing around a campfire while a province-wide campfire ban is in effect is making the rounds and officials are looking into it.

A provincial state of emergency due to wildfires was called on July 7, 2017 and no campfires are allowed in B.C. 

Max Birkner with B.C. Wildfire says the incident is concerning and officials are investigating the matter.

“Right now we are aware of it and looking into it. Of course we are extremely concerned about these kinds of incidents,” he said. 

Rusty Clark posted the photos to Facebook and says he was camping when he came across the group standing around the large campfire.

Clark is currently in an area with poor cell reception but was able to answer questions via text message.

Clark says he confronted the group and asked what right they had to have a fire during a province-wide campfire ban. He says the firefighters then asked if Clark knew who they were, and wouldn't say anything else.

He then snapped photos of the group with his cell phone and warned them to put the fire out or he would post the pictures to social media. Clark says they did not put the fire out.

This photo was posted to a Clearwater community Facebook page. The faces of the firefighters are blurred until more information is released by B.C. Wildfire.
This photo was posted to a Clearwater community Facebook page. The faces of the firefighters are blurred until more information is released by B.C. Wildfire.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Rusty Clark

— This story was updated at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 to include information from Rusty Clark. 


To contact a reporter for this story, email Kim Anderson or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2017
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kelowna News
  • Comments
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile