Another suspicious fire in North Kamloops
Firefighters were quick to respond to a small grass fire on McArthur Island this afternoon (Aug. 8).
Emergency crews were called to the Butterfly Garden area of the park at about 1:30 p.m. for a reported blaze.
"We found a small bush fire," said Kamloops Fire Rescue assistant chief Mike Adams.
"We were able to douse it pretty quickly."
Adams said the fire was approximately eight feet by eight feet.
Investigators are working to determine the cause, and a file has been created with the Kamloops RCMP.
There have been more than a dozen suspicious fires in Kamloops this year, dating back to April.
Most have been on the North Shore.
Adams said today's fire had the potential to create a lot of havoc given the Western Canada Summer Games events currently taking place on McArthur Island.
"We're concerned about any fire, intentionally set or otherwise, in a highly populated area," he said, adding the recent hot and dry weather has upped the ante even further for firefighters.
"We're keenly aware of the fire conditions in the area."
Anyone with information about this afternoon's blaze is asked to call police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.