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RCMP reveals arson behind 29 Okanagan Valley wildfires

Last Updated Jul 6, 2018 at 7:41 am PST

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Naramata, Penticton, Lake Country among communities where police say arson is behind wildfires in recent years

Unclear whether deliberately set wildfires were caused by one person or several

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Arson is behind as many as 29 wildfires in the Okanagan Valley in recent years. That’s according to a new report from the RCMP.

Naramata, Penticton and Lake Country are among the communities where police say arson is behind that series of wildfires over the last four years.

“Evidence gathered during the course of the investigations into these fires have led investigators to believe they are connected and that the cause was determined to be arson,” reads a news release from the RCMP.

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Police say it’s unclear whether the fires were caused by one person or several.

“The majority of these fires were lit in interface settings,” says Staff Sgt Annie Linteau. “One of these fires, which occurred on July 15, 2017, in Lake Country, destroyed a number of homes. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed but the potential for the loss of life was considerable.

A map of wildfires that the RCMP say were deliberately set in the Okanagan Valley (Courtesy BC RCMP)

If you have any information about these fires, you’re asked to call a designated tip line 1-855-685-8788 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.