The RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation into the cause of wildfire MWF-009, which started 15 kilometers southwest of the city of Fort McMurray and led to the evacuation of several communities in the Wood Buffalo region, including Fort McMurray, in early May of this year. The RCMP has been working closely with provincial wildfire investigators to determine the cause of the fire.
Wildfire investigators for the province of Alberta have established that the fire was most likely the result of human activity, having ruled out lightening as a probable cause. MWF-009 was first sighted by an airborne forestry crew 15-kilometers southwest of Fort McMurray on May 1st.
The role of the RCMP is to determine whether a criminal offence was involved in the ignition of fire MWF-009. To date, police have not made a determination on how the fire was started, but would like to speak with anyone who was in the popular wilderness area known as the Horse River Trail System between April 29, 2016 and May 5, 2016. These people may have information that could assist police and are asked to call the RCMP’s dedicated toll-free wildfire investigation phone line at 1-844-620-9826.
Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. At Crime Stoppers, you do not need to reveal your identity. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to Call Display, Call Trace or tape any phone calls. Crime Stoppers want your tip, not your name.
*Press Release from Alberta RCMP