Canadian bank notes are seen, in Ottawa on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

B.C. man offers $15,000 reward for arsonists caught on camera

A West Kelowna man is tired of fires in the Central Okanagan and is offering cash to catch arsonists.

A West Kelowna man is offering a $15,000 reward to those who report arsonists using photos and video evidence.

Jayme Knyx, with Ogologo Media, said he’s tired of the fires in the Central Okanagan. With extreme asthma, he finds the smoky air difficult to breathe.

“I’ve lived here pretty much my whole life and this is crazy,” he said.

Clean air is a basic necessity, he said.

Related: Air quality rating around the Okanagan takes a dip

Related: Okanagan wildfire round-up

The 38-year-old is grateful for the first responders but says it’s the community’s responsibility to help out in stopping fires.

“Finding out how these fires are being lit, being lit on purpose, whether it’s arson, or cigarette butts being thrown out the windows, just utter carelessness, I think we should be holding these people accountable,” he said.

Not only is it straining his resources with the amount of medication he needs, it’s straining the province’s and the tourism economy’s, he said.

“The success of any business depends on the economy as a whole,” Knyx said. “It affects everybody full circle.”

To report fire starters, contact the RCMP or the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers.

Send videos or photos in a private message to Ogologo Media Kelowna’s page for a chance to get the reward.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Controversial SD69 discussions continue regarding field trips requiring air travel

Some Qualicum district students believe motion takes away too much from experience at school

Pole-climbing thieves pilfering wire in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Repairs are costly and thefts jeopardize public safety

Library month celebrates Indigenous people, culture in Parksville

Vancouver Island Regional Library showcasing culture of many Nations during October

Green Party leader Elizabeth May talks eliminating fish farming in open ocean pens

May stops in Qualicum Beach as part of Island campaign

Qualicum Beach council discusses helping out Orca Place residents

Town considers offer of temporary jobs in the future

Fashion Fridays: 5 things to remove from your closet

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Scooter rider suffers life-threatening injuries in crash in Nanaimo

One person airlifted to hospital in Victoria after collision on Wall Street on Thursday

Campbell River homicide suspects arrested in Vancouver

Two men remain in custody, but have not been charged

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

Scholars say religious vaccine objections can’t be traced to Biblical sources

Vaccinations are a requirement to attend class in Ontario and New Brunswick, while B.C. launched a demand this fall

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

ELECTION 2019: How would the major parties address Canada’s housing crisis?

Promises include speculation taxes, more affordable housing, and declaring housing a human right

Most Read