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Police investigating suspicious fires in the North Okanagan

A fence on fire the morning of Aug. 19, 2016 in the area of Dixon Dam Road and Tillicum Road.
Image Credit: BX Swan Lake Fire Department
August 30, 2016 - 4:32 PM

VERNON - Police are investigating a rash of recent fires in the Vernon area.

Over the past few months, there have been more than a dozen fires in the BX area of Vernon. The BX-Swan Lake Fire Department has labelled all of them suspicious.

Now, Vernon police are confirming at least some of the fires are on their radar as well.

In a media release, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says officers are investigating several recent fires in the Vernon area. He does not specify how many. 

“The investigative efforts are focused on determining the cause of each fire. Should they be deemed as human caused and intentionally set, investigators will then look at efforts to identify the person(s) responsible for setting them,” Moskaluk says in the release.

A number of plain clothes and uniformed officers have been assigned to investigate the fires and are working with local fire officials.

"The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are asking that the public remain alert to any suspicious activity that may be associated with these incidents, and to report any information that may help with these investigations,” Moskaluk says.

Anyone wishing to provide information can do so by contacting the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-260-5833 or for those wishing to provide information anonymously to do so via Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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