11/01/2016 11:53 EDT | Updated 11/01/2016 11:58 EDT

Alberta Wildfire Fines Increase To Up To $1 Million

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is moving to increase fines in an attempt to prevent the spread of wildfires.

The province has tabled legislation that would raise maximum fines to $100,000 from $5,000 for anyone engaging in behaviour that could lead to wildfires.

The fine for corporations would be up to $1 million.

The size of a fine would depend on the nature of the violation and would be determined by the courts.

The proposal also includes a $10,000 maximum fine for industrial violations such as lack of firefighting equipment on a work site.

People burning fires during a fire ban without a permit or abandoning a campfire while it is still going would be fined between $150 and $1,000.

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