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    Alberta ban on exploding targets in forested aria....

    ttp://wildfire.alberta.ca/enforcement/fppa.aspx

    the ndp have been busy.....


    Forest and Prairie Protection Act


    Legislative and Regulatory Changes

    The Government of Alberta has made changes to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act (the Act) and associated regulations to improve public safety as they relate to preventing human-caused wildfires and protecting Albertans, their communities, natural resources, and infrastructure from wildfire damage. The Act’s regulations have been updated to reflect the legislation and are now in force (as of March 29, 2017). The Act came into force on December 9, 2016.
    Agriculture and Forestry has been working on the amendments to the Act and regulations for a number of years. The majority of amendments were made based on legal proceedings following the 2001 Chisholm wildfire and the many wildfire reviews over the years, including the Fort McMurray wildfire. The need to update wildfire legislation was further enhanced by the Flat Top Complex Wildfire Review Committee recommendations from the 2011 Slave Lake wildfires. Amendments were also influenced by the 2016 spring online survey of Albertans. A summary of the online survey results are available at:
    What We Heard Survey Report - May 2016 (52 pages, <1 MB)
    Maximum Fine Amounts Increased

    One of the key ways that the Government of Alberta is strengthening wildfire legislation is by increasing fines for the most severe wildfire-related violations. Individuals who knowingly contravene the Act by starting a wildfire will be prosecuted in the courts and can now be fined up to $100,000 or imprisonment for up to two years. Industrial users who knowingly contravene the Act and start a wildfire can be fined up to $1 million.
    New Administrative Penalties

    Corporations may also face administrative penalties of up to $10,000 per offence per day, for failing to comply with the Act and regulations for less severe industrial based offences.
    Administrative penalties are determined by the department on a case-by-case basis. Some of the factors that are considered in deciding an administrative penalty are:

    • The severity of the contravention and adverse effects caused by it
    • The degree of wilfulness or negligence in the contravention
    • Whether steps have been taken to prevent the contravention or its reoccurrence
    • Whether any economic benefit was derived

    New Violation Tickets

    As of May 1, 2017, the department will be issuing violation tickets for a number of contraventions including burning without a permit or leaving a campfire unattended and operating an off-highway vehicle when it’s prohibited by a fire ban or forest closure. Tickets will be issued for easily observable, straightforward non-compliance. Ticket amounts range from $172 to $575 per violation including a 15% victim surcharge under the Victims of Crime Act that is automatically applied to each ticket.
    If you... You could face...
    Burn without having a permit on site $172
    Leave a campfire unattended $287
    Fail to extinguish an outdoor fire during a fire restriction or ban $287
    Use tracer, incendiary ammunition, fireworks or exploding targets in a forested area. $287
    Fail to dispose of debris in accordance with the regulations $287
    Operate an off-highway vehicle where it is prohibited by a fire ban or forest closure $575
    Interference with wildfire control operations Court Appearance
    For a full list of ticketable offences and fine amounts, see:
    Forest and Prairie Protection Act Specified Penalties - Mar 2017 (3 pages, <1 MB)
    Other Important Amendments

    Other changes include an early start to wildfire season, which now officially begins on March 1. The early start helps to address a rise in the number of spring wildfires the province has experienced in recent years. A fire permit is required to burn during wildfire season.
    Fire Permits
    During times of high wildfire hazard the province may now also restrict the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs).
    Activities that interfere with wildfire control operations, like the use of drones near an incident, are considered a more severe offence and will result in an automatic court appearance.
    Use of fireworks or exploding targets is now restricted in the Forest Protection Area without the written permission from a forest officer.
    Wildfire Legislation and Regulations on Alberta Queen's Printer

    Forest and Prairie Protection Act
    Forest and Prairie Protection Regulation
    Forest and Prairie Protection (Ministerial) Regulation
    Fire Control Zone Regulation
    Forest Protection Area Regulation
    Non-Permit Area Regulation
    Ministerial Orders

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    Alberta ban on exploding targets in forested aria....

    sorry for posting twice.
    This law is stupid , it takes not into account if the weather is WET

    Or IF IT IS SNOWCOVERED
    Last edited by skneub; 06-30-2017 at 05:20 AM.

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