Man Ordered To Pay Fire Suppression Costs

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(FORT FRANCES, ONT) โ€“ A Fort Frances man has been fined and ordered to pay forest fire suppression costs under the Forest Fires Prevention Act.

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Geoffrey Stanger was convicted at trial and fined $800 for starting a fire without a permit and $800 for failing to tend a fire. He was also ordered to pay $800 for the cost of putting out the fire.

Court heard that on May 10, 2017, a conservation officer responded to a call regarding a forest fire burning in Halkirk Township, east of Fort Frances.

An investigation determined that the origin of the fire was an unattended rubbish pile on Stangerโ€™s property. Stanger did not have a permit to burn during the day. Firefighters from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry responded to the call.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Fort Frances, on June 20, 2018.

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The ministry reminds the public that all forest fires are investigated to determine their cause. A person can be held responsible for the costs of extinguishing a forest fire, as well as for any property damage incurred. Anyone who starts a fire must keep it under control at all times and extinguish it properly before leaving the area.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF 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). And visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.

Source: Ministry of Natural Resource and Forestry Media Release

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