Fines for breaching fire bans could be going up as wildfires continue to burn across BC.
The forest minister has asked MLA Mike Morris to see what the province can do to penalize people ignoring fire dangers.
“One of them is going to be increasing the fine that we currently have under legislation, including to look at the possibility of impounding vehicles where somebody throws a lit cigarette out the window, for example.”
Morris says though this could be difficult to prove, a witness who takes down a license should stand the test of a trial.
Another option is banning people who breach burning bans more than once from entering provincial parks.
Right now fines range up to three hundred and forty five dollars.
There are now 201 fires –down 20 from Monday.
Of the 14 new starts, most were in the southeast part of the province.
Information Officer Navi Saini says a couple were human caused and it doesn’t look like the cooler weather we have now will last.
The cost of fighting the fires has now climbed to $116 million — up 8 million from yesterday.
As of noon today (Tuesday), it’s okay to light a campfire in Parksville and other parts of the Haida Gwaii known as the Fog Zone in the Coastal Fire Centre.
The ban in that region has been lifted thanks to recent heavy rain.