A West Kelowna man accused of intentionally starting a fire is now facing a single charge of arson, say police.

According to West Kelowna RCMP, officers were called to the 3000 block of Webber Road on July 10, just after 8:30 p.m., where neighbours had just extinguished a hillside fire in thick brush.

Viewer video sent to Global News of the incident showed a person carrying a burning item, then tossing it into the brush before leaving.

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On July 12, police said witnesses told them that they had observed a man light the fire, and identified him and his vehicle.

Police say after completing their investigation and sending their findings to the B.C. Prosecution Service, a charge of arson was approved.

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Stephen Leader, 36, had been previously arrested but was released.

Early Thursday, though, West Kelowna RCMP said a warrant for his arrest was issued, and Leader was taken into custody for a court appearance later in the day.

Court documents show that Leader’s court date was adjourned by consent until July 29, and that he remains in custody.




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