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RCMP looking for information on cause of Lake Country wildfire

An RCMP officer is pictured during a media tour of the damage from the Okanagan Centre wildfire in Lake Country, July 19, 2017.

LAKE COUNTRY – Police are asking anyone who may have information about the cause of a fast-moving Lake Country wildfire that destroyed several houses last weekend to come forward.

RCMP are investigating the human-caused fire as suspicious, according to a media release, and have set up a dedicated tipline to encourage anyone with information to contact police.

On Saturday, July 15, a wildfire broke out on Okanagan Centre Road. It destroyed eight homes on Nighthawk Road and outbuildings on a property on Tyndall Road. By Wednesday, July 19 it was 100 per cent contained and under control.

“Resources from Lake Country, Kelowna and the South East District area have been pooled to conduct an in-depth investigation and fully determine the cause of the fire” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in the release. “At this time we are treating this fire as suspicious and believe it to be human-caused."

"As is the case with many investigations it is information from the public that solves them.”

Police are asking anyone with information about this fire, or any suspicious activity in the area, to contact the RCMP at 250-707-8025.

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