Sooke PocketNews reader Jonathan Francoeur sent us the following photo with a very timely reminder: “This cigarette butt started a small fire in the bark mulch at the plaza. It’s April. This year will be hot and dry.”
It was a small fire that Francoeur found, and was able to extinguish, at Greenwood Plaza.
As reported earlier in Sooke PocketNews, fines have significantly increased effective April 1: “Failing to properly extinguish a burning substance, such as a cigarette, will now cost an offender $575.”
This follows on the heels of Chief Sorenson’s report at Monday’s Council Meeting, that Sooke fire attended their two first brush fires of the year, occurring within a span of nine hours over the weekend just past.
#Sooke fire fighters tackled 2 small brush fires in 9 hours yesterday and last night. A reminder to all of how dry it is already.
— Sooke Fire Fighters (@iaff4841) April 24, 2016
Just a reminder to all: Human-caused fires a) are preventable, and b) have substantially increased fines attached to human carelessness.
Look under the Resources below for additional information.
- VIDEO: Watch this cigarette butt start a grass fire
- Fire season in Sooke begins
- Sooke PocketNews brings back the summer weather feature: Western Canada Smoke Forecast
- New wildfire fines came in effect on April 1
- Outdoor burning? Exercise caution
- How to … not cost the Sooke Fire Department oodles of money, or how to save yourself $200
- General open burning in Sooke regulations