Massive grass fire blamed on gopher hunt

Massive grass fire blamed on gopher hunt

23 March 2008

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada — A man accused of causing an enormous grass fire in Springbank while trying to kill gophers may be facing charges and fines worth thousands of dollars.

Firefighters believe a large fire that burned Saturday in the Springbank Heights area for hours was started by a man shoving a propane torch down a gopher hole.

The fire destroyed vehicles and outbuildings in the quarter section it burned.

A fire ban is on in the area. The man faces a large fine for having an open flame, said Rocky View assistant deputy fire Chief Jim Pendergast.

The man could also face a bill for the cost of firefighter upwards of $40,000.

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