The Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents and visitors to the East Kootenay to obey the campfire ban after two new fines were laid this part week.
COs found the active campfires during patrols in the back country.
Sergeant Denny Chretien says anyone caught lighting a fire during restrictions can expect a steep fine.
“Fines in one site reached over a thousand dollars for having a fire during the ban,” Chretien says. “On Thursday night, we also charged another campsite with another fine, which was over 500 dollars for the use of a campfire.”
Anyone who lights a campfire during an active fire ban can face a fine of $1150 while those who drop or leave lit cigarette butts can be fined $575.
Chretien says the COS has patrolled thousands of campsites this summer and the majority have been responsible during the ban.
“We’ve had no issues in terms of people from this area. They’ve definitely got the message,” Chretien says. “Those travelling through, we’ve had to remind a few people. Its good that the fines are now over the thousand dollar mark. It seems to be reduced quite a bit compared to past years.”
Anyone who comes across a campfire or active blaze should call the BC Wildfire service at *5555 or 1 800 663-5555.
– Conservation Officer Service, Sergeant Denny Chretien
– Jeff Johnson