Charges were laid Wednesday, January 17, under the Forests Act following an investigation into the Barrington Lake wildfire in Shelburne County last spring.
Dalton Clark Stewart, 22, of Villagedale, Shelburne County, is charged with:
– lighting a fire on privately owned land without permission of the owner or occupier
– failing to take reasonable efforts to prevent the spread of a fire
– leaving a fire unattended.
Mr. Stewart is scheduled to appear in Shelburne provincial court on March 7.
The Department continues to pursue all leads related to the wildfire in Tantallon last spring. While the Department has gathered considerable information, there is a high bar for what can be used as evidence in court.
Under the Forests Act, the Department has two years from the date of an alleged offence to lay charges. Charges are only laid if the Department, in consultation with the Public Prosecution Service, believes there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.
– the court will determine the outcome of the charges, including any penalties
– people convicted of violations of the Forests Act can be fined up to $50,000 and/or face up to six months in prison
– the Barrington Lake wildfire began May 26 and burned 23,379 hectares; it was declared under control on June 13 and extinguished on July 26
– the Tantallon wildfire began May 28 and burned 969 hectares; it was declared under control on June 4 and extinguished on July 26
Via Provincial Release