New Wildfire Act and Wildfire Regulation Fines

On April 1, 2016, increased fines for a variety of wildfire-related violation tickets came into force. British Columbia now has some of the highest wildfire-related violation ticket fines in Canada.

The B.C. government has taken a tougher stand on irresponsible behaviour that contributes to increased wildfire risks, in an effort to protect communities, natural resources and infrastructure from wildfire damage.


Wildfire Act violation ticket fines (effective April 1, 2016)

  • Section 2, Fail to report fire: $383

  • Section 3 (1), Drop, release or mishandle burning substance: $575

  • Section 3 (2), Fail to extinguish burning substance: $575

  • Section 5 (1), Light, fuel or use fire against regulations: $1,150

  • Section 5 (2) (a), Fail to extinguish fire: $575

  • Section 5 (2) (b), Fail to report fire: $575

  • Section 6 (1), Light, fuel or use fire against regulations, industrial: $1,150

  • Section 7 (1), Fail to assess fire hazard: $767

  • Section 7 (2), Fail to abate fire hazard: $1,150

  • Section 7 (4), Fail to comply with hazard abatement order: $1,150

  • Section 10 (3), Light, fuel or use fire against restriction: $1,150

  • Section 10 (4), Fail to comply with fire restriction: $1,150

  • Section 11 (2), Fail to comply with restricted area requirements: $767

  • Section 12 (2), Fail to comply with order restricting activity or use: $767

  • Section 13 (2), Fail to comply with order to leave area: $767

  • Section 16 (2), Fail to comply with fire control order: $575

  • Section 22 (2), Fail to stop vehicle or vessel: $575

  • Section 22 (3), Fail to provide documents: $383

  • Section 56 (2), Intentional interference, non-compliance or false statement: $1,150


Wildfire Regulation violation ticket fines (effective April 1, 2016)

  • Section 5, Fail to have sufficient fire tools: $307

  • Section 6 (3), Fail to comply with high risk activity restrictions, and keep at activity site firefighting hand tools and adequate fire suppression system: $460

  • Section 6 (4), Fail to meet fire watcher requirements: $460

  • Section 8, Operate engine contrary to regulations: $460

  • Section 9, Fail to meet fire prevention measures – railway operations: $767

  • Section 10, Fail to meet fire prevention measures – transmission operations: $767

  • Section 13 (1), Fail to meet fire suppression responsibilities: $307