Number of trees set on fire at Orillia hiking trail grows, police continue to pursue suspected arsonist

More suspected cases of arson since the first report came down in February

The number of trees set on fire at a popular Orillia-area hiking trail has grown.

The OPP said in February it was called to Scout Valley, a hiking destination off Orillia’s Barrie Road with reports of a tree that was smoking but not fully engulfed. At the time, investigators were told by members of the Orillia Fire Service this was the sixteenth tree to have been found set on fire since the fall of 2020. In all cases, authorities say it appears the fires were intentionally set.

POLICE INVESTIGATING ARSONS ALONG ORILLIA HIKING TRAIL AFTER 16TH BURNING TREE REPORTED

Since the initial report from police in February, the OPP says there have been more arsons in the same area over the past few days.

Anyone with information regarding these cases of arson is asked to contact the Orillia OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.