GUYSBOROUGH: A passing motorist helped put out a brush fire.

On August 1, RCMP responded to a call of a brush fire near College Road in Lochaber. A passing motorist with a water tank attached to his vehicle helped extinguish the fire, which police later determined was intentionally set.

“It wasn’t like a structure fire,” said Sgt. David Simpson. “It had the potential to be a forest fire. We don’t have any reasoning for the fire or why it was lit.”

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Police are continuing to investigate the matter along with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“He happened to be passing by with his water truck to water his home crops,” Simpson said of the passing motorist. “It was the right guy-right time. If you’re a religious person you’d say God had a plan.”

Police did not name the motorist.

At the time of the fire, stated a release from the RCMP, the DNR had deemed the forest fire hazard to be very high.

Guysborough District RCMP and the DNR are continuing the investigation.

“You could see the catastrophe of what could happen in BC, what happened in Alberta last year,” Simpson said. “Having fires this time of year, you’ve got to be very cognizant of when and where to have them because we don’t want a natural disaster.”

Police are asking anyone with information on the fire to call the Guysborough District RCMP – Sherbrooke Detachment at (902) 522-2200, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 plus a message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at:

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Antigonish native Matt Draper has been a photographer, reporter and columnist for The Reporter since 2003.