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West Kelowna man arrested after allegedly trying to start wildfire

A 36-year-old West Kelowna man, who reportedly lit a fire in a forested area in the 3000 block of Webber Road in West Kelowna on Saturday, has been arrested and released.

Police were called by residents at about 8:30 p.m. on July 10 who say they saw the man light a fire in the forested area behind their homes.

He was arrested by 9 p.m. and residents quickly doused the flames.

“This incident was extremely dangerous, and we commend the members of the neighbourhood for doing an excellent job in extinguishing the fire so quickly and helping progress the investigation,” Staff Sgt. Duncan Dixon of the West Kelowna RCMP said in a news release.

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“The conditions in this area are extremely dry and without their quick actions, this could potentially have grown into a substantial fire.”

He was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

“The investigation is ongoing, and the full file will be submitted to the B.C. Prosecution Service for a fulsome review and charge assessment,” the news release reads.

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