May 1 kicked off the start of forest fire season on the island of Newfoundland and until Sept. 30, a permit to burn is required for lighting outdoor fires to clear land or burn brush within 300 metres of a forest.
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 fire quickly.
A permit to burn 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.