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UPDATED: Millennium Park wildfire under investigation

Castlegar’s fire chief says a wildfire at Millennium Park on Sunday is believed to have been human-caused, but was not related to the Sunfest fireworks show the previous night.

Sam Lattanzio says they were called shortly after 11:30 a.m. to the dog park area. Fourteen firefighters responded and quickly had the fire out.

He says it started at the base of a tree and burned an area about 30 by 30 meters.

RCMP are continuing to investigate and say a man age 20 to 30 with a pock-marked face, thin build, and wearing dark clothing was seen leaving the area on a dark bicycle.

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Police would like to speak to him and also want to hear from anyone who may have seen or has video of anything suspicious from around that time.

Meanwhile, Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire and Rescue is investigating the cause of a wildfire off Highway 22 at Oasis on Friday afternoon. It was also put out quickly. No buildings were threatened.

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