As massive wildfires forced thousands of people to flee Northern Saskatchewan in the summer of 2015, a Hall Lake man was out deliberately setting blazes.
The provincial government announced Friday that Donald Halkett, 22, pleaded guilty in La Ronge Provincial Court to a criminal charge of mischief, as well as a Wildfire Act charge of failing to comply with a fire ban.
He admitted to flicking lit matches into the bush as he walked along a trail near Hall Lake on July 4, 2015.
Halkett’s actions forced crews to respond to blazes started at four different locations, according to a news release from the province.
Halkett got a six month conditional sentence on the mischief charge, with conditions including a curfew, not to consume or possess alcohol, 100 hours of community service and a $100 surcharge.
He was also fined $250 for starting a fire during a fire ban and ordered to pay $41,392.83 to cover firefighting costs.
Hall Lake is about 100 kilometres west of La Ronge.