ADAMS LAKE (NEWS 1130) – One firefighter has been fined and others warned after a group was photographed next to a campfire during a province-wide fire ban last month.
Two investigations looked into viral photos of Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations uniformed firefighters around a campfire on Adams Lake which were posted on social media on Jul. 11.
“One of them was an internal investigation and our ministry’s compliance and enforcement branch did also launch an investigation based on potential infraction of the wildfire act,” Chief Fire Information Officer Skrepnek said. “As a result of that investigation, there was one violation ticket issued for $1,150.”
Three workers were also issued warnings.
The original photos received hundreds of reactions and comments, both supporting and criticizing the workers. Some argued firefighters have the skills to properly handle campfires and should be allowed to relax after a hard day’s work combating wildfires, while opponents argued even professionals can lose control of a flame and they should be setting an example for others.
There is a maximum fine of $1,150 for lighting a campfire during a ban and anyone found in violation of the ban could end up paying the cost to put out any wildfires are caused by a campfire.