One man arrested, weapons seized following threats made to kill BC firefighters

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 21, 2017

Williams Lake RCMP have arrested one man and seized six rifles and two handguns after threats were allegedly made against a firefighter working in the area.

A firefighter was conducting a back burn - a preventative firefighting technique where grass and dead wood is burnt off to hinder or stop a wildfire's progress - near Springfield Road on Monday when he was approached by a local man who allegedly said he would kill firefighters if they continued to back burn in the area.

The man wasn't alone either and one of the people in his group was allegedly carrying a handgun on his hip.

RCMP say they arrested a 57-year-old man thought to be armed during the confrontation.

"We understand that tensions are running high, but we have to continue to pull together as a community to fight the fires in whatever way we can", said Insp.Jeff Pelley, the officer in charge of the Williams Lake RCMP, in a news release.

"We stopped his vehicle and found that he was actually in possession of that loaded handgun as well as six other firearms".

RCMP decided against pursuing charges against the man, 44 years old, after he admitted to police he made the statements in a time of extreme stress.

An evacuation order was issued for the City of Williams Lake on Saturday as wildfires north of the city threated to block the highway north.

There are now 155 fires burning in the province.

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