Military using white flares near Cultus Lake

Don't call the RCMP if you see white flares over Cultus Lake this month. It's a unit of military officers in training.

Don’t call the RCMP if you see white flares over Cultus Lake.

Police say it’s just a group of military police officers, conducting training scenarios in the southern part of Chilliwack near Cultus Lake until Oct. 20.

Canadian Forces officials said the main type of flares they will use are white ones called Para Flares, which illuminate the ground below.

Although RCMP have not received any reports from the public yet about seeing bright lights, they are being proactive.

“It is common to get reports from the public about flares being seen in the Cultus Lake area,” said RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck.

This automatically triggers an investigation that can create a callout for volunteer Search and Rescue personnel.

“We want to make sure the public are aware of the training the military is conducting in an effort to prevent calls regarding their flares,” added Wolbeck.

But any other colour flare such as red, could mean “someone is in trouble and requires police assistance.”

Just Posted

First court date in Chilliwack for man accused of murdering Belgian tourist

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance Wednesday

Around the BCHL: Nanaimo Clippers acquire defenceman from Langley Rivermen

Around the BCHL is a look at goings on around the BCHL and the junior A world.

Public to get access to ‘detailed listing of expenditures’ incurred by council every year

Newly amended Council Remuneration and Expense Bylaw given three readings and approved Sept. 19

Chilliwack man charged in 2017 drug bust pleads guilty, released on time served

Second accused still faces numerous trafficking and weapons charges

Barn fire closes Prairie Central Road

Fire quickly brought under control

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Pot, cash, mansions: Judge divvies up illegal estate of divorcing B.C. couple

The Smiths ran a multi-million marijuana operation that spanned three counties

‘Little Feet’ book documents B.C. woman’s horrific 2001 accident

Heather Williams has documented the two profound stages beforeand after the accident

Most Read