VICTORIA – Increased fines for a variety of wildfire-related violation tickets came into force today. Anyone caught contravening specified open burning and campfire regulations could now face fines more than three times higher than last year’s penalties.

 

The B.C. government has been taking a tougher stand on irresponsible behavior that contributes to increased wildfire risks, in an effort to protect communities, natural resources and infrastructure from wildfire damage.

 

The regulatory changes announced on March 10, 2016, significantly increase ticket fines for 19 different violations under the Wildfire Act and another seven violations under the Wildfire Regulation.

 

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PENTICTON – Okanagan Similkameen Regional District board members don’t want to see a one-size-fits-all policy used to enforce emergency evacuation orders.

 

The directors are putting together a list of recommendations and concerns regarding the provincial government’s plan to modernize the 23-year-old Emergency Program Act.

 

Local and provincial agencies are permitted to declare a state of emergency and issue an evacuation order, but current legislation relies on residents to voluntarily evacuate. The province argues those choosing to remain behind can cause unnecessary risk to themselves and emergency response personnel already burdened in a time of crisis.

 

The province wants police to have the ability to use reasonable force to enforce an evacuation order. The proposed changes would give police the authority to apprehend those unwilling to comply, in addition to having the person pay for costs associated with police enforcement of the evacuation order.

 

 

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