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Orillia OPP investigating 16 'small arsons' at Scout Valley

On Saturday, a tree had to be cut down to be extinguished in order to ensure that the fire would not spread, officials say
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The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating at least 16 small arsons in the area of Scout Valley in the City of Orillia.

On Feb. 20, 2021, Orillia OPP were dispatched to an arson involving a tree which was smoking, but not fully engulfed, at Scout Valley, a popular hiking destination on Barrie Road, Orillia.

The Orillia Fire Department reported that this is the sixteenth similar occurrence since the fall of 2020. All of the suspicious fires are believed to have been intentionally set and in this case, the tree had to be cut down to be extinguished in order to ensure that the fire would not spread.

If anyone has information regarding this crime or knows who is responsible, please contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.

Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province, including the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn and the City of Orillia, by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community you can also report minor occurrences online by visiting