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New Regulations for Preventing Wildfires Take Effect on March 31

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
New Regulations for Preventing Wildfires Take Effect on March 31

Photo supplied by Alberta Wildfire

The province’s new regulations aimed at preventing wildfires start on Friday.

Back in February, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier spoke of new fines and rules being put in place before the 2017 wildfire season.

This includes fines of up to $100,000, for anyone caught engaging in behavior that could cause a wildfire, up from $5000. While the fine for corporations is $1 million.

Companies could also face penalties of up to $10,000 each day for less severe violations of the Act and Regulations.

These individuals could also face a lengthy jail sentence of up to two years.

Also included are restrictions on fireworks in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta unless there is written permission from a forest officer.

New penalties are being added for leaving a campfire unattended or creating one without a permit. Fines could be handed out, ranging between $172 and $575.

The last change will focus on better disposal of flammable debris and other industry-based requirements.

“These strengthened regulations send a clear message that we all share a responsibility to help prevent wildfires,” said Carlier in a release.

According to the province, last year, 1,338 wildfires burned more than 611,000 hectares, including the Horse River wildfire that spread into Fort McMurray.

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