A couple of Winnipeg men didn't get the message.
The two men pleaded guilty and have been fined $500 each for starting a fire in a Restricted Fire Zone without a permit. They were also each ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution costs.
They were on a back-country canoe trip, camped on a small island on Bain Lake in the District of Kenora over the May long weekend. Although the area was within a restricted fire zone at the time, the men built campfires during their trip.
On May 22, their campfire escaped and burned most of the island. The fire was extinguished by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry fire rangers, partly by air attack.
The fire was investigated by Kenora conservation officers.
Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora on Jan. 31.
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