Court confirms Canadian National Railway is on the hook for $16M for starting B.C. wildfire in 2015

By Bethany Lindsay
CBC News
December 29, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has largely upheld an order forcing Canadian National Railway to pay more than $16 million for causing a wildfire that burned for months near Lytton in 2015. It cost the province millions of dollars to fight the fire when CN’s rail-cutting activities set the surrounding grass ablaze …according to reasons for judgment released December 28. The wildfire started burning on June 11, 2015, and would eventually spread to cover 22 square kilometres before it was finally extinguished that October. Several people living on Lytton First Nation land were forced to evacuate, the community of Lytton was placed on evacuation alert and an empty building was destroyed. In March 2020, the Forest Appeals Commission ordered CN to pay a total of $16.62 million in penalties, firefighting expenses, damage to natural resources and costs for reforestation.

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