More than $11K in fines issued during record Alberta wildfire season

By Madeleine Cummings
CBC News
August 29, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta government has levied more than $11,000 in fines for wildfire-prevention violations this year.  Nineteen violation tickets, with fines totalling $11,520, were given out between April 1 and July 31, according to statistics provided by Alberta’s forestry and parks ministry.  Most of the tickets were for failing to extinguish an open outdoor fire during a fire ban, which comes with a $600 fine.   Tickets have also been issued this year for operating equipment or an off-highway vehicle during a restriction, burning without a permit, and breaking the conditions of a fire permit. All are violations of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act.  A small portion of the tickets were levied under other legislation.  More fines have been levied this year than last year, but in the past five years, 2020 saw the highest number handed out.

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