BC man fined for celebrating evacuation return with fireworks

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 6, 2017

Nickolas Frederick Ivany, 27, and Alana Mika Ward, 24, have been charged with possession of property which RCMP believe to have been stolen from three evacuated Williams Lake homes. Jesse O'Donaghey, Communications Officer for the BC RCMP in Williams Lake.

"It is careless acts such as this that have the real potential to trigger even more interface wildfires in the area", said Cpl.

As wildfires continue to rage throughout B.C., province-wide open fire and campfire bans are now in effect.

According to the RCMP, the man spent a night sobering up in police custody before being released with more than $1,000 in fines for "dropping, releasing or mishandling a burning substance" and "failing to comply with high risk activity restrictions under both the provincial BC Wildfire Act and its Regulations". Residents were permitted to return home in late July.

On Friday, the B.C. government extended its province-wide state of emergency until at least August 18.

Twenty-five evacuation orders are in effect, impacting over 7.000 people.

The city's 12,000 residents are among those impacted by what's been a devastating wildfire season in the province.

With files from CTV Vancouver and The Canadian Press.

"RCMP wish to thank those astute members of the community who called in the complaint, had this man's actions been overlooked the outcome could have been dire for the entire community".

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