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Wildfire Awareness

wildfirephotoWarm, dry weather in the spring and summer brings more time outdoors for most of Nova Scotians, including campfires & marshmallows. Unfortunately this same weather also increases the risk of wildfires. That is why everyone should put safety first and check Burn Restrictions before starting a fire. The burn restrictions are set for public safety and are decided upon based on the current and predicted driest conditions.

Every spring, on March 15th, the department of lands and forestry put their BurnSafe map into action. This allows for a quick, easy and accurate assessment of the burn conditions in your region. This information is updated every day, during the no burning period of the day. This information is provided in four levels.

burnmap1. if a county is shown in green, burning is permitted after 2 p.m.
2. if it is shown in yellow, burning is permitted after 7 p.m.
3. if it is shown in red, burning is not permitted that day
4. the map will appear grey each day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to indicate burning is not permitted

 https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/

Industrial Burning Permits are always required for specific activities such as land clearing; burning blueberry fields over 2 hectares or burning piles larger than 2m by 3m (or more than one at a time). Of course, burning during the middle of the day or burning construction debris and garbage are prohibited.

To obtain an Industrial Burning Permit, please call the St. Peter's office at 902-535-2032 / 902-535-2963 Industrial Burning Permits will require a site visit from NS Department of Lands & Forestry Staff.

Although wildfire season experiences busy periods as well as slacker periods, it’s important to be aware for the entire summer, and even into the fall depending on the rain and temperature.

wildfirephotoEvery one of us has a significant role to play in the prevention of wildfires. This is especially true for business and residents in and along the urban interface or in and among the trees, who can take steps to prepare themselves today.
If you see a wildfire, call 911 immediately, where as illegal fires should be reported to the Department of Lands and Forestry at 1-800-565-2224.

For more information on Wildfire prevention, visit the Department of Lands and Forestry Wildfire website

I hope everyone has a safe and happy summer.

Brett Hershey, Emergency Services Coordinator
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