The Okanagan Forest Task Force is working with police to ensure another incident like the one that took place Friday night doesn’t happen again.
Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says police received a report of an altercation in the area of Chute Lake Road and Gillard Forest Road late Nov. 11.
“The altercation resulted in an individual being pushed before the parties went their separate ways,” said O’Donaghey in a release.
Both O’Donaghey and Kane Blake the organizer of OFTF are urging the public not to confront anyone who might be illegally dumping.
“RCMP would like to remind residents to call police, city bylaws, or Central Okanagan Regional District bylaws should they encounter suspected incidents of illegal dumping rather than confronting those individuals themselves,” said O’Donaghey.
Confusion over what was taking place on Gillard Forest Road on Friday forced Blake to issue a video release regarding his group’s involvement in the area.
OFTF had been cleaning up around the road after it was brought to their attention the amount of garbage littering the area. However, the group was unable to secure a bin from the Regional Waste Reduction Office. Instead, the garbage was piled together and taped off until a bin could be brought in.
“From now on we will let people know where we are going to be,” said Blake in an online video. “We have kids on our clean-up crew and people are flying up and down these roads. We cannot have that. I wear bright orange coveralls, but I have to step out on the road and ask people to slow down.”
Saddened that someone was possibly accosted by individuals who may have been driving a white pickup truck, Blake wants the public to know none of his group members were involved.
“I cannot stress enough to people, do not get out of your vehicle and approach someone illegal dumping,” he said. “Do not approach these people, clearly they are OK with breaking the law by illegal dumping… don’t give them an excuse to break another law by assaulting.”
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.