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Fire Under Investigation by Forestry Officials

A fire near the Town of Portugal Cove South is being investigated under the provincial Forest Fire Regulations. The fire is believed to be caused by the alleged illegal burning of debris at a residential property in the community on Saturday.

The fire necessitated a response by Fisheries and Land Resources forest fire fighting staff and a water bomber from Gander. The fire has been contained and continues to be monitored by fire crews. An investigation by Conservation Officers has determined the fire occurred during high wind conditions resulting in the fire becoming out of control burning an area of approximately eight hectares.

Penalties associated with violations of provincial forest regulations can range from a summary offence ticket to a fine not less than $500 or three months imprisonment.

Subsequent offences can result in a fine not less than $1,000 or three months imprisonment.

The public are reminded the forest fire season for the island portion of the province is now in effect until September 30. Permits to burn are not being issued at this time on the island for the purpose of burning of grass, brush or other materials. This action has been taken to reduce the wildfire threat and risk of COVID-19 exposure for fire fighters and other first responders.

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