Po­lice es­tab­lish for­est fire tip line

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

CLIN­TON (CP) — RCMP say they’re look­ing for help in find­ing the source of a hu­man caused wild­fire that burned nearly 2,000 square kilo­me­tres of for­est, brush and build­ings in Bri­tish Columbia last year.

The so-called Ele­phant Hill fire started on July 6 near Ashcroft and was of­fi­cially de­clared con­tained on Oct. 2. Po­lice say in a news re­lease they are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the fire and a ded­i­cated tip line has been ac­ti­vated for any­one who may know how the flames started. It was the largest blaze in a record-break­ing wild­fire sea­son in the prov­ince. Moun­ties had said in Au­gust that train traf­fic or main­te­nance con­nected with a nearby rail line were ruled out as be­ing the cause of the blaze.

Of­fi­cials say 211 homes and struc­tures were lost to the fire when it raced through com­mu­ni­ties.

At the peak of last sum­mer’s wild­fire sea­son about 50,000 peo­ple were forced to run from their homes.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says RCMP are urg­ing peo­ple to call the tip line to help with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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