Kelowna: Second forest fire of the weekend deemed suspicious

Fire crews spent Sunday snuffing out a blaze over Traders Cove; Kelowna RCMP believe it was likely deliberately set

  • Aug. 12, 2012 5:00 a.m.
A fire just of Westside Road sparked mid-Sunday afternoon (Aug. 12) had fire crews hard at work by 2:45 p.m. on the ground—though air crews did not appear on site.

A fire just of Westside Road sparked mid-Sunday afternoon (Aug. 12) had fire crews hard at work by 2:45 p.m. on the ground—though air crews did not appear on site.

A forest fire on the hill above Westside Road near Traders Cove Sunday afternoon may have been deliberately set, Kelowna RCMP say.

The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. and fire trucks could be seen from the water trying to deal with a plume of smoke within 15 minutes.

The blaze grew quickly, flames visible from the lake, and still required monitoring by Monday morning, with reports of paid on-call firefighters being called in to deal with hotspots at mid-morning.

“The fire was suppressed quickly, but there is evidence to suggest that it may have been set deliberately,” said Cst. Kris Clark, RCMP media relations officer, following the regular Monday morning police briefing.

Sunday afternoon ground crews were joined by a number of air supports, including two water bombers, two helicopters and what appeared to be a support plane as the provincial fire service stepped in to assist the West Kelowna Fire Department.

The fire is being described as a multi-hectare fire and required crews to work through the night. By Monday morning, efforts  switched to stamping out the last bits of flame and tracking down witnesses who might be able to tell investigators what happened.

Anyone with information is asked to call the West Kelowna RCMP and speak with Cst. Kent Hall or Cst. Michael Philion at (250) 768-2880; tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or make a report online at www.crimestoppers.net.

The blaze was the second forest fire of the weekend. Friday evening, a small brush fire near McCullough Road had a water bomber, fire engines and brush fire crew in action.

 

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