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B.C. Appeal Court decision clarifies duty on forest fire watches: Crown

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM | By Ian Burns

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial to determine liability for a 2010 forest fire that caused over $5 million in damages, stating the original trial judge erred when interpreting provincial regulations on when a company’s obligation to conduct a fire watch begins and ends.

The decision in British Columbia v. Canadian Forest Products Ltd. 2018 BCCA 124, released April 6, relates to a wildfire that began on June 18, 2010. A fire patrol plane flying near Vanderhoof, B.C., detected a forest fire...