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Pickup truck linked to grass fires

Prince George RCMP are linking a maroon-coloured pickup truck to a series of deliberately-set grass fires around the city.
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Prince George RCMP are linking a maroon-coloured pickup truck to a series of deliberately-set grass fires around the city.
 

RCMP said Thursday a witness noticed the vehicle pulling away while coming across two small fires in a ditch near Cranbrook Hill Road and Otway Road on Fri., Apr. 23 at about 11:30 p.m. The witness put out the fires.

Four days later, during the early morning of Tues., Apr. 27, firefighters were called to Moore's Meadow shortly before 1 a.m. to deal with two fires burning in the dry grass and trees.

Witnesses saw a 2017 or newer maroon pickup truck back up into the area before the fires started, police said.

And at 2:30 a.m., police responded to a fire on North Kelly Road near Ferguson Lake Road. A passing truck driver noticed the fire and reported it.

“The fires were all started far enough off the roadway to not be caused by an accidental spark, and investigators did not find evidence of any cigarette butts in the dry grass to suggest the fires were caused by discarded cigarettes," Prince George RCMP Cst. Jennifer Cooper said.

The incidents are being investigated as arsons and police are asking anyone with information on the truck or its owner to contact Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300. 

Tips can also be left anonymously at Northern B.C. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.northernbccrimestoppers.ca.