RCMP released this statement on May 17, 2015, regarding the forest fires near Prince George:

Police are looking for the public’s help to further the investigation into a large wildfire that has been burning for more than a week.

On Friday May 8th, 2015 a wildfire near Little Bobtail Lake, southwest of Prince George, was reported. Since that time, the fire has grown to more than 24000 hectares or 240 square kilometres and has resulted in the evacuation of residences at Norman Lake and Naltesby Lake (also known as Bobtail Lake). Further, residents on Bednesti and Cluculz Lakes are on evacuation alert.

The origin of the wildfire has been located and at this time is believed to be human-caused. RCMP officers with the assistance of Origin & Cause Investigators from the Wildfire Management Branch of the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, have begun an investigation.

Investigators are looking for the public’s help to further this investigation. If you have any information about this fire, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using the keyword “pgtips”.

Currently, there are fire bans in place in much of northern BC including the Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James and Mackenzie Natural Resource Districts. Please go to www.bcwildfire.ca for more information.

Media requested for the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire should be directed to Fire Information Officer, Melissa Klassen at 250-371-4538 or melissa.klassen@gov.bc.ca.