Vehicle torching threatens local forest

An Hitachi excavator belonging to a company working on a bridge was torched

A vehicle torching threatened to ignite a forest fire this week.

On Wednesday at 7 a.m., Campbell River RCMP responded to a complaint of an arson to property out on the Elk River Main at the 11 km marker.

An Hitachi excavator belonging to a company working on a bridge was torched and a second Cat excavator was tampered with. The Hitachi has significant damage and is a loss to the company.

“The trees around the Hitachi were burned and thankfully didn’t cause a forest fire in the still dry conditions,” Const. Poppy Hallam.

Campbell River RCMP Forensic Identification Section and the arson investigator attended and processed the scene collecting evidence for analysis.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221 or if you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).