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Canada Illegal campfires trigger $48,000 in fines over B.C. Day weekend

07:20  10 august  2018
07:20  10 august  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Yet rangers still found 212 illegal or abandoned campfires across the South Park, Pikes Peak, Salida and San Carlos Ranger Districts during the Memorial Day Weekend . Anyone caught starting an illegal campfire can face a , 000 fine .

(CBS4) – An increase in illegal campfires in a popular hiking, camping, picnicking and sightseeing area has officials concerned as the Labor Day holiday weekend gets underway. Since September 24, Rocky Mountain National Park firefighters have had to fight four illegal camp fires that escaped and

a person that is on fire: Conservation officers issued 42 tickets for unlawful campfires over the B.C. Day long weekend. © Shutterstock Conservation officers issued 42 tickets for unlawful campfires over the B.C. Day long weekend.

The B.C. Conservation Office Service says it's frustrating and disappointing that people are still starting campfires when crews are battling more than 460 wildfires in tinder dry conditions across the province.

The province is spending millions of dollars on fire suppression and the public continues to take risks, said inspector Tobe Sprado. 

Conservation officers issued 42 tickets for unlawful campfires over the B.C. Day long weekend for a total of $48,500 in fines.

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An illegal campfire sparked the Tinder Fire that has burned homes, businesses and vacation cabins north of Payson. The process will likely take place over several days . 48 of 75.

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Campfire bans are in place province-wide and anyone found in violation can be ticketed $1,150. 

"A lot of them claim that they don't know. But they do know. Essentially, they believe the chances of being caught is slim, so they're prepared to take that risk," said Sprado. 

He says staff are working nightly to enforce the bans and can issue tickets to every single person in the group. 

In addition to the $1,150-ticket, a person may be required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000. 

If the campfire results in a wildfire, a fine anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million can be issued, plus one year in prison. 

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