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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:53

Illegal fires still threaten Chiminis

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By Glenna Burns

            Jim Inch, a member of the Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) management team, has asked Trent lakes council to grant KLT authority to act as bylaw-enforcement officers on Big (Boyd) Island/Chiminis.

            He said volunteer crews have dismantled fire pits on the island, only to go back a short time later and find they have been

used again—despite municipal fire bans and signage prohibiting camp fires.

            Inch told council on Sept. 20 that “most people treat the island with respect, but a few people are ignoring the fire ban.” Some people are even cutting green timber to use as fire fuel.

            “A fire on the island would lead to disastrous results,” he said.

            The areas where the problem is most acute are along the shoreline on the east side of the island.

            Council received Inch’s presentation for future consideration.

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