NEWS
08/21/2015 14:26 EDT | Updated 08/21/2016 01:12 EDT

Suspect arrested in troubling arson fires in northern British Columbia

MACKENZIE, B.C. — A 20-year-old man has been arrested in northern British Columbia as RCMP investigate two deliberately set fires.

Mackenzie RCMP Cpl. James Fayle says the blazes were set Wednesday evening along a trail near the Mackenzie Leisure Centre, about 200 kilometres north of Prince George.

Fayle says firefighters were able to extinguish the flames, but not before one fire had grown to about 10 square metres.

The suspect was arrested a few hours later and is expected in court to face two counts of arson.

In addition to those fires, two other blazes set a day earlier on the northern outskirts of Mackenzie remain under investigation.

Fayle says the suspected arson fires troubling, especially as wildfires burn across the province.

The Canadian Press