February 1, 2013
Kamloops, B.C. - On May 30, 2012, Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to a forest fire at 1.7 km on the Noble Lake Forest Service Road within municipal boundaries. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the fire was human caused. The source of fuel for the fire was wooden pallets. Unfortunately, the investigation was not able to identify the individuals responsible for the ignition of the fire but through information provided to Kamloops Fire Rescue via social media, the individuals responsible for the dumping of the pallets were found.
Through the joint efforts of Kamloops Fire Rescue, Kamloops RCMP, and Kamloops Bylaw Services, seven Bylaw Violation Notices were issued under Parks Bylaw 35-66 Section 6(b). The charge was for the dumping of refuse in a park or public area.
Today in BC Provincial Bylaw Court four of the remaining seven individuals accused of dumping the pallets on Noble Lake Service Road plead guilty and were each ordered today to pay $500.00 for the violation.
The City of Kamloops is pleased with the outcome and felt that a clear message was sent to the public that this type of behaviour will not be accepted in our community.
The City of Kamloops wants to reassure the citizens of Kamloops that we will continue to investigate all such matters and will hold the individuals responsible for their careless actions. The cost to extinguish this fire was in the area of $67 000.00, for a preventable fire.
Consequences can include but are not limited to $500.00 - $2000.00 municipal tickets, civil litigation, and criminal charges.
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Sheldon Guertin, Captain
Kamloops Fire Rescue
City of Kamloops