$860,000 forest fire fine appealed

A Cariboo-area man fined more than $860,000 for lighting a campfire on his own property that escaped and caused a wildfire is appealing.

A Cariboo-area man who was fined more than $860,000 for lighting a campfire on his own property that escaped and caused a wildfire is appealing the penalty.

The fire occurred in 2009 near Kelly Lake, west of Clinton in the Cariboo fire region.

In May 2011, the manager of the Cariboo Fire Centre served Unger with a decision ordering him to pay the Cariboo Fire Centre’s costs for fighting the fire.

On April 9, 2013 Robert Unger applied to the Forest Appeals Commission for an order requiring the government to produce certain documents.

He seeks production of the documents before the hearing of his appeal against a review decision that confirmed a determination and cost recovery order issued against him under the Wildfire Act. The hearing of his appeal is scheduled to begin on June 25.