B.C. man fined $2.3M for starting huge wildfire

By Ben Bulmer
InfoTel News Ltd
December 24, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. man is on the hook for $2.3-million for causing a wildfire that destroyed 345 hectares on East Redonda Island, north of Powell River.  Duffy Damgaard was issued a $2,358,272 bill for the fire which took place in August 2018.  According to the B.C. Ministry of Forests, the fire burned on Crown land, which included an ecological reserve.  In October 2021, the B.C. Wildfire Service found that Damgaard had contravened the Wildfire Act by lighting, fuelling or using an open fire in an area subject to an open fire prohibition.  Damgaard was fined $2,500 plus the costs of putting out the fire and the value of the timber destroyed.  The B.C. Wildfire Service spent $386,868 putting the fire out, while the cost of the Crown timber came in at just under $2 million.

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