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.