Nova Scotia RCMP has initially determined arson is the cause of three fires in the province, prompting the government to stiffen fines for residents who violate its ongoing burn ban. Those caught lighting a fire in Nova Scotia will be fined a whopping $25,000 to avoid new fires.
"Initial investigation has determined that all three fires were the result of arson," said Nova Scotia RCMP in a statement.
The Mounties are investigating three alleged arsons in Pictou County, including a commercial blaze and two fires along rural roadways on Friday. Firefighters and local law enforcement managed to extinguish each fire, including those along Granton Abercrombie Road and Mount William Road.
On June 7, Nova Scotia RCMP informed Rebel News that none of the blazes reported led to any wildfires. They added their investigations into the cause of wildfires across the province remain ongoing, with the determination of their cause still being made.
According to the Summary Offence Ticket Regulations, the high fine remains in place until June 25 or until the province deems it permissible. The penalty initially cost violators $237.50.
While most provincial and municipal parks remain open, residents who enter wooded areas will be fined $180.
"We need all Nova Scotians to take the wildfire situation as seriously as we are. We are still finding cases of illegal burning, and it has to stop," added Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables Tory Rushton.
"We're taking every measure to prevent new fires from starting. All Nova Scotians need to do their part — follow the burn ban, stay out of the woods and help keep your families and communities safe."
Editor's note: In a statement provided to Rebel News by the RCMP, the alleged arsons initially reported as causing three wildfires in Nova Scotia were contained before they started wildfires.
The story has been updated to reflect that arson allegedly started three fires. The blazes did not lead to any wildfires.