Province Reminds Residents About Forest Fire Season

The start of forest fire season is a reminder to residents of the dangers of grass and brush burning.

Under the Forestry Act, the 2017 forest fire season will be in effect from May 1 to September 30 on the island portion of the province and from May 15 to September 30 in Labrador.

During this period a permit to burn is required to burn brush on forest land or within 300 metres of forest land. Permits can be obtained at regional or district forest management offices. A copy of the Forest Fire Regulations is also available at these offices. Residents are reminded that failing to comply with a permit or condition of a permit to burn is an offence and liable in accordance with the Forest Fire Offence and Penalty Regulations.

People should also be aware that the benefits of burning grass in the spring are largely unfounded. Rather than being beneficial, this practice is destructive and dangerous and increases the risks associated with wildland fire.

To report a wildfire, please call 1-866-709-FIRE (3473).