Giant wildfire man-caused

RCMP say this past summer's massive Elephant Hill wildfire was human caused.

The fire was the second largest fire in B.C. during 2017, which was the province’s worst wildfire season in history.

The Elephant Hill wildfire was last marked at 191,865 hectares in size.

More than 200 structures were destroyed as a result of the blaze.

The RCMP's Southeast District General Investigation Section is continuing to investigate the fire, which sparked July 6.

“RCMP and BC Wildfire Service investigators have made the determination that the fire was human caused,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

More than 357 firefighters, 108 structural protection personnel, 86 support staff, 20 helicopters and 69 pieces of heavy equipment battled the blaze.

Police did not release any further details about what led them to believe the fire was human caused.

A dedicated tip line has been activated, and anyone with information is being urged to contact investigators at 855-685-8788.

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