A B.C. woman is facing multiple arson charges after police say she intentionally started a number of wildfires in the province’s southeast earlier this spring.
Kamloops resident Angela Elise Cornish, 42, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of arson, according to an RCMP statement. She is being held behind bars until a bail hearing scheduled for Monday.
Lisa Hudema, superintendent of wildfire enforcement for the BC Wildfire Service, said her agency began working with police after identifying “an area of interest” near Kamloops where several recent fires originated. human beings were suspected of being “incendiary in nature”.
Constables say they were alerted to Cornish’s suspected connection to the fires after a person living in the Monte Lake area who was checking smoke in the nearby hills on April 30 noticed a suspicious blue pickup truck on a logging road.
Police alerted the community on May 3, after receiving reports that an unknown person had set fire to piles of slash at two locations in the Westwold area.
Investigators say more residents have since come forward to report similar encounters with the van, which was driven by a woman.
“I would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance of the residents of Monte Lake and Westwold, who provided our investigators with the valuable information we needed to successfully move this investigation forward,” said the RCMP Chief Superintendent. Brad Haugli said in the release.
All wildfires spotted across British Columbia this spring and summer can be reported to the Forest Fire Department at 1-800-663-5555 or by dialing *5555 on a cell phone.