The province is doubling fines for causing forest fires.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry made the announcement last week.

If an individual is found responsible for causing a forest fire, they can be fined $25,000, while a corporation can be hit with a $500,000 fine.

It is the first time Ontario has raised forest fire fines since the 1960’s.

Dysart Fire Chief Mike Isles welcomes the news.

Isles says they are enforcing burning regulations at the municipal as well.

Isles says if you are caught burning during the day, the fine can be $510 plus the cost of equipment use.