Forest Fire Season Officially Begins May 1

Written by on April 29, 2015

Residents preparing to burn brush as part of clean-up activities around their properties should note that the 2015 forest fire season will start on May 1 for the island portion of the province and end on October 15. In Labrador, the season will start on May 15 and end on September 30. For the island, this year’s season has been extended by two weeks in the fall due to above average temperatures and increased forest fire activity in recent years.

During spring, fine fuels such as dead vegetation in fields and other open areas appear wet but can dry and burn in a matter of hours when conditions change. These materials play a role in most fires responded to early in the forest fire season because they ignite easily and can spread fire quickly.

A permit to burn is required under the Forestry Act and can be obtained at no cost at regional or district forest management offices throughout the province. The lighting of fires for cooking and camping does not require a permit, but certain forest fire regulations must be followed.

Information on the forest fire season and regulations are available at: www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/forestry/fires/index.html

A toll-free number is available to report forest fires during forest fire season. The number is 1-866-709-FIRE (3473).


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