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Investigation continues into series of suspicious wildfires set in Salmo area

RCMP believe that all four fires north west of the Highway 3/6 intersection were human caused and have reason to believe that they may have been deliberately set.

RCMP in Salmo are searching for a fire bug after responding to four deliberately set fires just north of the village last weekend.

Salmo RCMP said in a media release that on Saturday, July 24, 2021, officers along with members of the Salmo Fire Department responded to as many as four brush fires alongside one another north west of the Highway 3/6 intersection. 

Police believe that all four fires were human caused and have reason to believe that they may have been deliberately set.

“Our investigators have been working diligently on this case, and have seized physical evidence from the fire scenes,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. 

“Fire crews worked fast to extinguish each of the fires, before they could spread.”

Fire crews responding to one of the fire scenes reported spotting an unknown male fleeing the area on foot. 

Police said that person of interest was described as wearing a pair of tan coloured pants.

RCMP said since Saturday emergency crews have responded to three additional fires in the Salmo area. 

RCMP said the most recent blazes included a small fire discovered at approximately 5 a.m. on July 26 at the end of Lagoon Road, a fire at about 4:30 p.m. up the Bombi, and the last at 5 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 3 and 6. 

Investigators are working to determine any possible connections between these latest fires and the four blazes extinguished on July 24.

Anyone with any additional information is urged to contact the Salmo RCMP at 250-357-2212. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.