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Investigators still examining Bobtail Lake fire

Bobtail Lake fire south of Vancerhoof in 2015.
Bobtail Lake fire south of Vancerhoof in 2015.

With the one year anniversary of the Bobtail Lake wildfire approaching this Monday May 8, investigators are continuing to seek the public’s assistance in locating the person or persons responsible for starting the devastating fire.

The wildfire originated approximately 50 kilometres southwest of Prince George and grew to more than 24000 hectares or 240 square kilometres. The fire resulted in the evacuation of residences at Norman Lake and Naltesby Lake (also known as Bobtail Lake) and took a number of weeks for firefighters to gain control and many more before it was extinguished. The resources and costs to fight this fire were extensive.

The RCMP and Origin & Cause Investigators from the Wildfire Management Branch of the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations have been investigating and can confirm that the wildfire was human caused.

Investigators are looking for the public’s help to further this investigation.

We are confident that there are persons with information about this fire that have not come forward to speak to investigators said Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. Their information may be the piece of the puzzle that we need to bring the person or persons responsible to justice.

If you have any information about this fire, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips”.

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