During a stretch of "high fire danger" days in Squamish last week, Squamish RCMP received a report that a lit cigarette was thrown from a moving vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 99.
It landed inside a nearby moving vehicle, which was also travelling northbound on the highway, according to RCMP.
If anyone has any ideas of how to prevent human caused fires, let us know. We gave tickets last week for cigarettes thrown out the window and are attending to illegal fires in our area...maybe there's another solution we are missing? Alas, we are dry,we all need to play our part. https://t.co/B6b411SgM9— Squamish RCMP (@SquamishRCMP) June 17, 2019
The driver was able to pull over and put out the cigarette. "Given the current fire danger risk, police are treating this seriously and will be enforcing the Wildfire Act," police said in a news release.
During high danger rating days, which are determined by the Forest Fire Weather Index System, the risk of fire is serious. "New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts," according to the District of Squamish.