Forest campfire fines soar 1,200 percent |

Forest campfire fines soar 1,200 percent

DENVER, Colorado ” Fines for having a campfire during a fire ban have shot up 1,200 percent under a new U.S. Forest Service fine structure

The fine now is $300, up from $25.

Gil Quintana, Special Agent in Charge for Rocky Mountain Region Law Enforcement and Investigations, said Thursday the previous 15-year-old fee structure didn’t provide enough deterrence for would be scofflaws.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Nottingham recently approved the new fine structure.

Other examples of the new higher fees include: Damaging a road or trail, $300, up from $75; operating a motor vehicle in a prohibited area, $250; setting off fireworks, $200, up from $75.

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