RCMP still seek tips into Elephant Hill wildfire cause

By James Peters
January 29, 2018 - 4:47pm

KAMLOOPS — RCMP are renewing their call for information as they investigate the origin of the Elephant Hill wildfire.

The nearly-200,000 hectare blaze began July 6, 2017 near Ashcroft.

It eventually consumed dozens of homes and caused widespread evacuations.

The police probe is being handled by the Southeast District General Investigation Section, and Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says it's hoped someone knows more about what sparked the blaze.

"We're seeking anything that somebody might have that is connected to this incident, to this fire," said Moskaluk. "We don't want anybody to think that what they know or what they possibly know may be inconsequential. We do ask anybody to contact our services with respect to the fire if they believe they may have information about the fire itself."

The BC Wildfire Service deemed the fire human-caused shortly after it began spreading.

In August, police investigators eliminated rail activity as a potential cause.

"This fire impacted tens of thousands of individuals at the time, and continues to have a detrimental impact on several people," said Moskaluk. "We're hopeful that anybody that has information on it that could be helpful to us will step up and provide us with that information."

A dedicated tip line has been set up at 1 (855) 685-8788.

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