July 22, 2014 4:24 pm
Updated: July 22, 2014 9:15 pm

WATCH: Suspicious White Lake Road fires spark concerns


NEAR PENTICTON, B.C. — For the second time this month, forestry crews find themselves battling another blaze on White Lake Road.

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Firefighters have been called out to the area for a number of times now.

Since 2011, five blazes have started on or near White Lake Road, and forestry crews believe there may be a connection.

“Especially when there’s several of them, it suggests that there may be something suspicious going on in that general area,” says Jim Mottishaw, forest protection officer at the Penticton Fire Zone.

This most recent fire was spotted around 4:00 am, but officials believe the blaze may have started for a couple of hours earlier than that.

“In this case here, at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, on an isolated road where we’ve had several starts, and it starts above the right-away, it’s just not logical to what could take place there,” explains Mottishaw.

“There’s no reason for these fires to be starting, whether somebody has any intent, we’re still investigating that.”

All five fires started on the side of the road and are believed to be human caused.

Officials are asking the public help for information.

If you see suspicious activity, contact the RCMP, Crime Stoppers or the B.C. Forest Service.



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