Nova Scotians are reminded to check before they burn during wildfire risk season, which officially runs until Oct.15.
Burn restrictions are in force until then and are posted online at novascotia.ca/burnsafe . People should also check municipal bylaws as their rules may vary.
The BurnSafe map shows restrictions for domestic brush burning and campfires. Restrictions are updated daily at 2 p.m. to show if burning is permitted that day:
— if an area is shown in green, burning is permitted from 2 p.m. through 8 a.m.
— if it is shown in yellow, burning is permitted between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m.
— if it is shown in red, burning is not allowed
— no burning is permitted anywhere from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on any day
“The spring warm-up brings increased risk of wildfires. The online map makes it easy to quickly see if burning is permitted or not in your area,” said Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin. “Following the burn restrictions in your county will help keep people safe and reduce the risk of wildfires.”
Last year, firefighters fought 190 wildfires in Nova Scotia, with most happening in the spring.
Restrictions are also available by recorded message updated daily by calling the toll-free phone line at 1-855-564-2876 (BURN).
The BurnSafe map applies only to domestic burning. Industrial burning requires a permit from Department of Lands and Forestry.
Source : Media Release