PARRY SOUND DISTRICT, ON- A Toronto man is out $2500 after violating an emergency order during forest fire suppression work in 2018.

According to an announcement from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the man is Dale Roddick. His age was not released.

Roddick had violated an emergency area order and an implementation order, which were put in place to protect public safety and to allow for effective forest fire suppression efforts to be carried out.

“On July 28, 2018, conservation officers were notified that a man had entered a forest fire emergency area in a restricted fire zone that had been established on July 21, 2018,” read the announcement.

“At approximately 11 a.m. that same day, while in a boat patrolling to make sure no one was in the restricted fire zone, conservation officers spotted Dale Roddick paddling a small canoe in the Key River Basin. This area had been declared unsafe to travel without a permit. Roddick had camped on the near shore islands of Henvey Inlet for two nights.”

Roddick plead guilty to violating the order this July in Sudbury, and was fined $2500

“Ministry conservation officers work tirelessly to help make sure we can all enjoy Ontario’s natural resources in a safe and respectful manner,” read the announcement.

“To report a natural resource violation, call the ministry TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free, or contact your local ministry office. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.”