An exploding target that caused a wildfire south of Fort McMurray – has landed one individual in hot water.
Forestry and Agriculture recently reported a fire approximated 35 km south of the region was caused by a human, blowing up a combustible object.
The fire has since been extinguished but the individual has been fined $287 under the Forest and Prairie Protection Regulation.
Area Information Coordinator for Fort McMurray Forestry Lynn Daina tells Mix News it’s the first fine of the season.
“This is the first,” Daina said. “Because the Forest and Prairie Protection Act was revised and released recently and this is something new where we have the ability to fine anyone that is causing a wildfire.”
The current wildfire danger level is low thanks to an abundance of rain we’ve received over the last few weeks.
Since March 1st, Fort McMurray has had 21 wildfires burning a total area of 182 hectares.
Daina says nearly half of the wildfires started this year – have been the result of humans.
“We have seen these before, it’s the first this year. We’ve had a moister season than we had last year. Of the 23 fires that were started in the Fort McMurray Forest Area – ten of them were human-caused.”
Daina clarifies an exploding target can be volatile.
“Exploding targets are things that explode on impact. There are several items you can purchase commercially that if you say – shoot them – they explode.”
The matter is now before the courts.