Heavy cost for anglers who caused wildfire

Two local men have been told to pay $2,000 each toward the cost of putting out a fire they caused.
Vito Tarantino, 30, and Robert Rose, 28, who pleaded guilty, also have been fined $500 each for failing to extinguish a campfire.
Court heard that last July 1, the two men were fishing on Leoni Lake, about 15 km west of Red Lake. They built a fire on a moss-covered rock outcrop on an island, but failed to put it out properly before they left.
An investigation revealed the fire crept under the rock ring and smoldered in dry moss and forest litter. A combination of wind, slope, and fuel then turned it into a wildfire, which jumped to the mainland.
Initial attack fire crews, assisted by two waterbombers and other support aircraft, put out the blaze, known as Red Lake Fire #15.
Justice of the Peace Marj Pasloski heard the case April 15 in Red Lake.
The public is encouraged to help protect Ontario’s natural resources by reporting violations to their local MNR office or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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