We’re now one month into this year’s fire season and new regulations come into effect across Alberta today.
Under the new regulations people could face fines of up to $100,000, and industry fines of up to $1 million for intentionally starting wildfires.
Leaving a campfire unattended, or burning without a permit, could get you a ticket between $172-$575.
However, there will be a grace period.
“It won’t be until May 1st that officers will be allowed to issue tickets for things,” said Melinda Paplawski, Wildfire Information Officer for the Grande Prairie Forest Area. “The point of these is to help enforce things like fire bans, and encourage people to pay a little more attention.”
In 2016, 72 percent of wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area were human caused. Over the last six years, 70 percent of wildfires have been a result of human activity.
With the snow melting, Paplawski also reminds people to be on the lookout for holdover fires from last year.