(HEARST, ON) – A Hearst area man has been fined and ordered to pay all fire suppression costs under the Forest Fire Prevention Act.
Paul Papillon of Lac-Ste-Thérèse pleaded guilty and was fined $200 for starting a fire without a permit. He was also ordered to pay $4,527 in fire suppression costs.
Court heard that on May 14, 2018, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry fire crews responded to a wildfire on Highway 583 North just outside Hearst.
After the fire was extinguished, a ministry conservation officer assisted in investigating its cause. It was determined that Papillon started a grass fire during the day to clear some land for camping.
Dry and windy weather conditions caused the fire to quickly spread out of control.
Justice of the Peace François Cloutier heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,Hearst, on October 9, 2018.
The ministry would like to remind the public that daytime burning is not allowed without a permit during the forest fire season from April 1 to October 31. A person can be held responsible for the costs of extinguishing a forest fire or for any property damage incurred.
To report a natural resources violation, call the ministry’s TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.