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RCMP investigating fire that destroyed feller buncher near Ditidaht


November 25, 2021
By CFI staff
Photo: RCMP

Lake Cowichan RCMP are still investigating after a fire destroyed a feller buncher in the Carmanah forested area on Vancouver Island on November 11.

The buncher was operating near Ditidaht, a First Nation community nearly two-hours’ drive west from the Lake Cowichan Detachment, and two hours’ drive north west of Fairy Creek.

The $500,000 machine was running the night before. When the operator arrived the next morning at 5:30 a.m. the machine was inoperable from fire damage.

RCMP say the Vancouver Island District General Investigation Section was called in to examine the machine’s cab and engine compartment to determine the fire source. Those details were not released.

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The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668.