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‘Highly concerning’: North Okanagan RCMP investigating several suspicious brush fires

As we get into the hottest part of the year, Mounties in the North Okanagan are sounding the alarm about multiple suspicious fires in natural areas.

According to police, emergency crews have responded to four separate suspicious fires in Coldstream parks or wooded areas over the past six weeks.

<who>Photo Credit: Coldstream Fire Hall/Facebook

The most recent was in the afternoon of July 4, when crews were called to a brush fire in the 9700 block of Coldstream Creek Road after smoke was seen rising from a wooded ravine.

“Though no known cause was determined, police and fire personnel believe the fire was human-caused,” notes an RCMP release. “Police canvassed the area and spoke to numerous persons; however, no suspects or witnesses were identified.”

In June, there were a pair of suspicious fires on the same day near Cosens Bay in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, which were fortunately dealt with quickly by both local and BC Wildfire Service crews.

And on May 24, the Coldstream Fire Department responded to a burning tree stump in Creekside Park near Kidston and Kalamalka roads.

“These incidents are highly concerning and extremely dangerous to public safety,” said Cpl. Tania Finn. “It wouldn’t have taken much for any of these fires to spread out of control and jeopardize nearby properties.”

At this time, it’s unknown whether any of the four incidents are related, but police continue to probe the suspicious fires.

Investigators are urging any potential witnesses, or those with relevant video footage, from these areas around the times of the fires to contact police.

Anyone with information can call Cst. James Spoor with the North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171.

You can also submit tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.

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