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Fire Risks Rise With Spring Temperatures


Government is warning Nova Scotians that spring temperatures greatly increase the risk of wildfires in woods and fields.

People burning brush or campfires should follow posted restrictions and be careful when using lighters, matches, fire pits, and camping stoves.

“The wildfires last week that damaged forests and farmland and put properties and firefighters at risk were caused by mistakes made by people,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “I encourage everyone to please follow the BurnSafe map rules to reduce wildfire risks.”

The colour-coded map at www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe shows when burning is allowed or not allowed. The map is updated daily at 2 p.m. The same information is also available by calling toll free 1-855-564-2876

Burning brush or campfires is illegal and unsafe between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on any day.

Setting grassfires is another cause of dangerous wildfires. Grassfires, contrary to traditional beliefs, do not encourage greener grass growth and can, in fact, damage soils and prevent grass growth.

Grassfire myths are explained at
http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/firecentre/grass-burning.asp.


Source: Release

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