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Several grass fires being investigated as arson

The Prince George RCMP are currently investigating several recent grass fires that might have been deliberately set.

On April 23 at 11:30 p.m., the police received a report about two small grass fires in the ditch near Cranbrook Hill Road and Otway Road. A witness reported he saw a maroon-coloured truck parked on the side of Otway Road and when the truck pulled away, there was a grass fire in the ditch. The witness also noticed a second small grass fire a short distance away. The witness put out the fires before they grew any larger. Police made extensive patrols for the maroon-coloured truck but did not locate one in the area.

The second incident occurred on April 27, shortly before 1 a.m. Fire crews were at Moore’s Meadow with two fires burning in the dry grass and trees. Witnesses to these incidents reported seeing a 2017 or newer maroon pickup truck back up into the area before the fires started.

At 2:30 a.m. on that same day, police responded to a third fire, this one located on Kelly Road North near Ferguson Lake Road. A passing truck driver noticed the fire and reported it.

“The fires were all started far enough off the road way to not be caused by an accidental spark, and investigators did not find evidence of any cigarette butts in the dry grass to suggest the fires were caused by discarded cigarettes,” said Const. Jennifer Cooper of the Prince George RCMP. “Witnesses describe a maroon-coloured truck at the locations two of the fires were started. Police would like to speak with anyone who might have information about this truck or the registered owner.”.

Police are currently investigating these incidents as arson. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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