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A careless smoker in Langford learned the hard way that littering lit cigarette butts can cost a hefty price.

An unknown man tossed his cigarette out of his car window, right in front of a West Shore RCMP cruiser.

The officer pulled over the driver, informing him that throwing away a lit cigarette is an offence under the BC Wildfire Act.

The man then received a ticket under the Wildfire Act for $575.

The fine comes a day after a fast-moving wildfire burned an area along Sooke Road, including one home.

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