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Fires in Coldstream provincial park labelled 'suspicious'

Two small brush fires in Kal Lake Provincial Park Wednesday, June 12, are believed to be human-caused
Smoke from some small fires within Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Wednesday, June 12, could be seen throughout parts of Coldstream. RCMP have now deemed a pair of fires in the park on the same day as suspicious in nature.

Two separate fires in Coldstream's Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Wednesday, June 12, have been deemed suspicious and are believed to be human-caused.

Emergency crews were kept busy near Cosens Bay inside the park shortly before 3 p.m. with two separate fires.

The Coldstream Fire Department attended the small brush fire near the Cosens Bay entrance, and when a second fire was reported further into the park, fire officials alerted BC Wildfire Service and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

Despite the recent rain, it has been a relatively dry spring. said Cpl. Tania Finn, media relations officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. The risk of a fire is already heightened and we are asking all park users to be extra vigilant.

Officials deployed a drone to canvas the park trails and police conducted checks of persons in the area. No suspects were identified and the investigation continues.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, contact Const. Mikolajewski at the non-emergency line of 250-545-7171. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at

You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Roger Knox

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