Permit to burn required during official forest fire season
PROVINCIAL — The Provincial Government advises residents that during the official forest fire season a permit to burn is required for lighting outdoor fires to clear land or burn brush within 300 metres of a forest.
The official forest fire season begins May 1 on the island portion of the province and May 15 in Labrador, ending in both regions on September 30.
Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency Derrick Dalley said, “The fire suppression team within the Department of Natural Resources protects our resources, communities and residents from forest fires. In 2013, the department responded to 101 fires throughout the province. The majority of fires are caused by residents and can be prevented.”
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. Fine fuels play a role in most fires responded to each year because they ignite easily and can spread 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 around 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
1-866-709-FIRE (3473) is the toll-free number available to report forest fires during forest fire season.