Kelowna, BC – As wildfire officials continue to tirelessly battle countless wildfires across the province, officials in the Central Okanagan remain vigilant and continue to have zero tolerance when camp fires are encountered.
On July 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm, the Kelowna RCMP were contacted by the Kelowna Fire Department with a request for assistance as fire crews responded to a report of flames visible in the forested area below homes on Dilworth Mountain. Emergency fire crews located the source of the complaint, a camp fire established at a make shift overnight camp in the parking lot of the Dilworth soccer park.
The male, later identified by RCMP, attempted to extinguish the blaze himself before he left the scene on foot prior to police arrival, leaving his camping gear and vehicle behind. The man later returned as officers were in the process of preparing to tow his vehicle from the parking lot.
The 20-year-old Alberta man was fined $1,150 under the Wildfire Act for this careless act.
“This could have been a very dangerous situation and serves as an appropriate reminder, that all campfires are prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Violators could not only receive fines, however may also be charged the cost of the fire crew’s response to a burning complaint.”
Anyone who observes any camp fires or open burns attended or left unattended are urged to call 911. To report a wildfire immediately call 1-800-663-5555 toll free or *5555 on your cellular device.
Police File # 2017-42107