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Woman arrested for ‘intentionally’ setting fires in woods near Sooke, B.C.: police

The aftermath of a tree fire near Sooke that police believe was deliberately set. B.C. RCMP

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly setting two fires in the woods near Sooke, B.C.

In a Wednesday media release, RCMP said local firefighters were called to a pair of fires along the Galloping Goose Trail west of Sooke River Road early Tuesday.

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Wildfire burning out of control near Sayward

Crews found an eight-foot by eight-foot brush fire as well as a tree that was consumed by flames reaching 25 feet in height.

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Sooke Fire Rescue was able to extinguish the flames before they spread into the forest, police said.

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Fire crews reported the incident to RCMP, who “determined that the fires were intentionally set.”

Investigators identified a suspect and arrested a 28-year-old woman of no fixed address on suspicion of arson.

Firefighters said the situation could have been far worse given the unseasonably dry conditions and high fire danger rating.

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