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Three men were fined $1,150 after being found asleep in a tent beside a burning beach campfire in Port Alberni last week.

According to Port Alberni RCMP, in the early morning hours on August 10th,  RCMP officers were conducting routine patrols when they noticed a faint smell of smoke in the area of 4th Avenue and Napier Street.

Following a fire in the Dry Creek Park area, police believed the smoke may have been caused by that.

As they continued to search the area, the officers located a small camp, where three men were located asleep in a tent with a campfire still burning nearby.

Port Alberni Fire Department were requested to attend and extinguish the fire. All three men were then issued a $1,150 violation ticket under the Wildfire Act.

Campfire bans have been in place from June 30th, until October 2021, or until the order is rescinded.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell phone.

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