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‘Dangerous behaviour’: North Okanagan RCMP looking into deliberately set wildfires in Lumby

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July 12, 2021 - 10:33 AM

Officers from the North Okanagan RCMP detachment have launched an “in-depth investigation” into several suspicious fires in Lumby.

RCMP said between Aug. 23 2020 and July 5, 2021, firefighters have been called to several brush fires near Cedar Ridge Street in Lumby.

All the fires were put out and didn’t spread to nearby properties, according to an RCMP media release.

Investigators say the fires had been deliberately set and are looking for the public’s help to identify who behind them.

“Given the extremely dry conditions we are experiencing, anyone carelessly or intentionally setting a fire is putting our entire community at grave risk,” Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski said in the release.

“This dangerous behaviour is incredibly concerning.”

RCMP are asking anyone who may have information that will assist investigators in determining who may be responsible for setting these fires, to contact the North Okanagan RCMP at 250-547-6184.

To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could start a wildfire call 1-800 663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

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