Police concerned about green space fires

By James Peters / Chad Harris
July 25, 2016 - 3:35pm Updated: July 25, 2016 - 5:36pm

KAMLOOPS — RCMP have a warning to the public after a couple of fires were discovered in the green space above Aberdeen last week.

Corporal Jodi Shelkie says they had both ignited near hiking trails above the Kamloops Fire Rescue Hall #7.

"One fire on July 17 was a small grass fire that may have been an accident, perhaps a discarded cigarette butt. This fire was extinguished by Kamloops Fire Rescue. There was a second fire on July 21, and it was definitely deliberately set," said Shelkie. 

Shelkie says that fire burnt out on its own.

She notes people who deliberately or carelessly cause a fire can be ticketed or even face criminal charges.

"Any discarded cigarette butts could have devastating consequences for people and property. Also, purposely setting a fire on green-space in the city is illegal, especially now with the temperatures getting warmer, and thing drying out. People have to be careful." 

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