Cooking fire proves to be costly for man

the MNR

A Quebec man has been fined $250 and also ordered to pay the $5,000 cost of putting out a cooking fire that spread beyond his control.
Julien Villeneuve, of Saint-Eustache, was charged under the Forest Fire Prevention Act.
He pleaded guilty to failing to keep a fire under control.
Court heard that on April 9, 2010, Villeneuve built a fire to cook his lunch while working in the area of Raft Lake Road in Rainy River District.
The wind picked up and the fire spread beyond his control.
Villeneuve drove to the nearest town and called for assistance.
Two Ministry of Natural Resources fire crews and an air attack team were dispatched and brought the fire under control.
A conservation officer followed up with an investigation the next day.
Justice of the Peace Pay Clysdale-Cornell heard the case April 28 in Atikokan.
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