COLLINS – It’s time to lower the boom on people who cause wildfires

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THE NUMBER of fires caused by discarded cigarettes is escalating, and there is no question that no matter how wildfires are started, except those caused by Mother Nature of course, the guilty should be punished, and punished severely.

Just in the past few weeks, the Elephant Hill fire and the fire at Martin Mountain near Monte Lake are both believed to be human caused. They are just two of many. One is believed suspicious in nature and is still under investigation, and one is almost definitely caused by a discarded cigarette. We had a fire on Rose Hill Road a week ago that is believed to have been caused by a discarded butt as well.


Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.

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3 Comments on COLLINS – It’s time to lower the boom on people who cause wildfires

  1. R A George // August 2, 2017 at 8:51 AM // Reply

    Public lands should have been closed to everyone weeks ago.It’s extremely difficult to understand why they have’nt been.Politics? Probably? Don’t want to offend anyone? But I promised little Johnny I’d take him camping. Forget it this year mate.enjoy your own back yard this year. Yes,it’s extremely hard to fathom.

  2. Last week downtown there was a nice big black pickup in the lane next to us with a man dangling his arm outside the window holding a cigarette. He obviously does not want to smoke up his cab, so he is very unlikely to stub his cigarette out inside his truck, more likely to just toss it. Nobody wants to live in a police state where everything is illegal, but perhaps there should be a law against this. The devastation a carelessly tossed butt causes would be worth stepping on the rights of a few people who are unable to fathom what their actions cause. It would be difficult to enforce such a law, but better than none.

  3. Pierre Filisetti // July 31, 2017 at 6:40 AM // Reply

    Just last week I have sent photographs to the City of large amounts of cigarette butts discarded right next to overgrown brush at one end of Kenna’s park at Prairie Rose Drive. More than likely thrown by the wayside by “thick beyond belief” construction trades workers working at a near-by construction site. Mr. Collins, why don’t you call the City and find out if something was done?

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