Three fires that the Northwest Fire Centre recently responded to in the Terrace area are now under investigation by compliance and enforcement officers from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. These fires are suspected to be human-caused and may have been deliberately set. The RCMP has been advised and the incidents will be referred to the RCMP if warranted.
Deliberately set fires put natural resources, property and people's lives at risk. The Northwest Fire Centre would like to remind members of the public to report any suspicious activity using the principle of "observe, record, report". If you observe suspicious behaviour related to the setting of wildfires, record details of your observations and immediately report them to the RCMP. Include a physical description of the person(s), a description of any vehicle that was observed nearby (including the licence plate number) and the date and time of the incident.
Crimes can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS (8477) or at: www.bccrimestoppers.com
If your tip results in an arrest and charge, you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Under the Wildfire Act, an individual found to have deliberately set a fire may be fined $100,000 to $1 million and face imprisonment up to three years.
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellphone or call toll-free to
1 800 663-5555.
For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at: www.bcwildfire.ca
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Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Northwest Fire Centre