RCMP Seek Public’s Assistance In Fort McMurray Fire Investigations

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – RCMP are seeking the public’s help in the investigation into the devastating fires that ripped through Fort McMurray.

In a release sent out today, police are asking for help regarding fire MWF-009, which started 15 km Southwest of the city. The fire led to numerous evacuations and damage.

Police have ruled out lightening as a cause for the fire, and wildfire investigators believe it was likely human made. MWF-009 was first sighted by an airborne forestry crew 15-kilometers southwest of Fort McMurray on May 1st.

The RCMP is trying to figure out if the fire was criminally ignited. As of right now, police have made no determination of the cause of the fire but they would like to speak to anyone who was in the wilderness area known as the Horse River Trail System between April 29, 2016 and May 5, 2016.

Police believe that these people may have information that could potentially help with the investigation. They are asked to call the RCMP’s dedicated toll-free wildfire investigation phone line at 1-844-620-9826 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.