September 11, 2019 - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry wants to remind
everyone that restricted fire zones and travel restrictions are put in place to
protect the public and the Fire Rangers working on a forest fire.
A Toronto man 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. 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.
On July 12, 2019, before Justice of the Peace Diane Lafleur at the Ontario Court
of Justice in Sudbury, Roddick pleaded guilty to violating an Emergency Area Order
and Implementation Order and was fined $2,500.
Ministry conservation officers work tirelessly to help make sure we can all enjoy
Ontario's natural resources in a safe and respectful manner. 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
We need your help to solve cases. Please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive,
searchable map of unsolved cases. You may have valuable information that can help.