Prince George Fire Centre responds to suspicious fires

All of these fires are being reported within the Fort St. John Fire Zone, near Halfway River and Graham River.

The Wildfire Management Branch and the RCMP suspect these fires were deliberately set, putting fire crews, local residents, natural resources and property at risk.

They’re hoping the public can help identify these suspects.

“Members of the public can report suspicious activity by using the principle of ‘observe, record, report’,” a press release reads. “If they observe suspicious behavior, they should record details about the incident and report them to the RCMP as soon as possible.”

The information should include;

• A physical description of the person (s) involved.

• A description of any vehicles in the immediate area, including license plate numbers.

• The date and time of the incident.

The centre is reminding campers to remain vigilant while lighting campfires or burning waste, always being burnt away from overhanging branches and other combustible materials. Also, never burn in windy conditions as sparks could easily be carried away by the wind and start new fires.

Always have plenty of water and a shovel on hand to control the fire.

A Category 2 open fire and fireworks ban remains in effect for the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek Fire Zone, intending to “help prevent unnecessary forest fires and to protect the public.”

You can report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling, 1 800 663 5555 or dial *5555 on a cellphone.

Crimes can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at www.bccrimestoopers.com or by calling 1 600 222 8477. If a tip results in an arrest or charge, the caller could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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