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Campfire proves costly for guide

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A fishing resort guide who failed to put out his campfire must pay $7,000.

Ted McLeod of Atikokan was charged under the Forest Fires Prevention Act and fined $1,000 for failing to extinguish a fire.

McLeod also must pay $6,000 to the Ministry of Natural Resources to help cover the cost of putting out the fire.

Court heard that on Aug. 5 last year, MNR conservation officers investigated a complaint that a group of anglers camping on the lower flood waters of Marmion Lake, north of Atikokan, failed to put out the campfire they had set for cooking.

McLeod was employed as the fishing guide by a local resort.

A FireRanger crew and CL-415 waterbomber plane were dispatched to the fire.

The total cost to extinguish the fire was in excess of $20,000.

The case was heard by Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell in Atikokan on May 28.

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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