Stolen hoses, pump frustrate crews fighting wildfires across B.C.

A wildfire is seen from a Canadian Forces Chinook helicopter near Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday July 31, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

By The Canadian Press, August 4, 2017 

VICTORIA — Crews battling aggressive wildfires across British Columbia have been faced with hot weather and difficult conditions, but officials say the theft and damage of equipment is the most frustrating challenge yet.

RCMP spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said the force is investigating a number of thefts and acts of mischief related to fire suppression, including incidents targeting local fire stations and trucks used in fighting the wildfires.

“These are criminal acts and they’re seriously impacting the safety of others, including our emergency personnel and the public,” she said in a conference call on Friday.

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