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Suspected arson fires east of Kamloops keep BC Wildfire Service busy

The blazes were ignited between Falkland and Kamloops on May 2

A number of suspected arson fires set between Falkland and Kamloops on Monday (May 2) kept BC Wildfire Service crews busy.

“The fires are all suspected human-caused and are under investigation,” the BC Wildfire Service stated in a message posted to its Twitter account. “Please be responsible, remain cautious and do what you can to prevent wildfires.”

While the specific number of fires was not detailed, at least two were discovered burning in the hills above Westwold. They were both spot-sized (approximately .01 hectares) when reported and crews were on scene, according to fire information officer Shaelee Stearns.

The Station Bay blaze had three personnel on scene.

Across the valley, the Talbot Forest Service Road blaze was ignited at around the two-kilometre mark.

Both fires were expected to be controlled by crews.

The Pritchard Volunteer Fire Department sent two trucks to the area of Duck Range Road and Hanna Road after receiving a report of someone setting fires. There, crews found seven small fires, all of which were doused by Pritchard and BC Wildfire firefighters.

A blue Chevy Colorado pickup with a blond female driver has been reported seen in the vicinity of the fires.

Anybody with information is urged to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, there have been 90 wildfires sparked in B.C. since April 1, with 15 in the past two days. There are 10 active fires in the Kamloops Fire Zone, all of which are small in size. The fire zone stretches from Blue River in the north to the Canada-U.S. border in the south and from Bridge River in the west to the Monashee Mountains in the east.