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Conditional sentence for woman who set fires at start of 2022 wildfire season

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A 43-year-old Kamloops, B.C., woman has been sentenced for two arson fires she admitted to setting. A warning sign about fire risk is seen as smoke from wildfires fills the air, in Kelowna, B.C., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck


A 43-year-old Kamloops, B.C., woman who admitted to setting two arson fires has been sentenced.

Angela Cornish was charged with four counts of arson, related to numerous fires set between April and May 2022, at the start of the wildfire season.

Cornish pleaded guilty to two arsons near the southern Interior community of Lac Le Jeune and records show she received a six month conditional sentence during an appearance in provincial court in Kamloops on Tuesday.

The court stayed three other charges related to alleged arsons near Monte Lake, Pinantan Lake and Lac Le Jeune.

An investigation by RCMP and the BC Wildfire Service began last spring after residents alerted officials to slash piles that had been set ablaze along remote logging roads south and east of Kamloops.

None of the fires spread into the nearby grass or bush.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2023.

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Helicopter crashes in central B.C., multiple people on board: RCMP

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A helicopter has crashed in a forested area east of Prince George, B.C., with multiple people on board, RCMP say.

Cpl. Jennifer Cooper with the Prince George RCMP said Tuesday emergency crews have gathered at the site where the chopper went down near Purden Ski Hill off Highway 16.

She said the extent of the injuries to those on board is not known, and the area around the crash site has no cellphone coverage.

“It is possible that emergency crews will be accessing the highway frequently and we are asking that motorists slow down and move over to give crews room to complete whatever work they need out there,” Cooper said in an interview.

“It is going to be a little bit of a challenge for emergency crews. It was in a more forested area that the helicopter crashed, so not easily accessible by emergency vehicles.”

Mounties say the call came in just before 8 a.m.

Cooper said they don’t know why the helicopter was in the area, but they know it was not a forestry crew aboard.

She said details on the cause of the crash are still being investigated, and the Transportation Safety Board would be taking the lead on the investigation since the accident involved an aircraft.

“Once our preliminary investigation is complete then it will transfer over to them for any further updates,” Cooper said.

Liam Macdonald with the Transportation Safety Board said the board is monitoring the situation and speaking with locals on the scene before deciding if it will send investigators.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2023.

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