RCMP have been dealing with looters in evacuation zones, but according to the force, criminal activity is also continuing to happen well outside wildfire-affected areas.
During Saturday’s provincial wildfire information update, RCMP Staff Sergeant Annie Linteau says residents in the Quesnel area have reported suspicious activity. Homeowners along the Barkerville Highway contacted police after at least two men claiming to be fire officials showed up at their door telling them they had to leave immediately due to fire activity.
Linteau says the men did not provide identification and left the area in a vehicle described as a black-coloured SUV. She says RCMP are only attending homes in fire evacuation zones and that police are dressed in full uniform, have police ID, as well as the official Evacuation Order for residents.
Linteau is urging residents to contact RCMP about anyone posing as a police officer or fire official.