SEGUIN TWP. - On September 11, Seguin Township’s Fire Department filed three convictions under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) at the Provincial Offences Court in Parry Sound. These convictions where due to violations of the Open Air Burning bylaw on August 4.
The following convictions were filed:
A resident in the South Seguin Estates area was convicted of starting a fire outdoors and did not take all necessary steps to tend to the fire and keep the fire under control. The penalty was $990 plus victim fine surcharges.
A resident in the South Seguin Estates area was convicted of starting a fire outdoors during a period of Extreme Fire Hazard. The penalty was $990 plus victim fine surcharges.
A resident in the South Seguin Estates area was convicted of starting a fire outdoors in unsafe conditions.
“These are serious offences which put our men and women in harms way,” said Seguin Fire Chief Dave Thompson . “This particular incident occurred on August 4, which was one of the hottest days of the summer, making it difficult for the firefighters to stay hydrated through out the fire. All residents and visitors to our area need to be aware of the seriousness of forest fires and the danger they cause”
The Fire Department of the Township of Seguin is responsible for public education and the enforcement of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, plus municipal fire related bylaws.