Fisheries and Land Resources
May 2, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources:

Residents Reminded that Brush Fires Can Spread Quickly

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remind residents that forest fire season started yesterday on the island and will start in Labrador on May 15.

Residents planning to burn brush as part of clean-up activities should be aware of how quickly fire can spread beyond their property.

Mr. Speaker, last year, 91 fires were reported in the province, burning almost 11,000 hectares. Half of those fires were caused by residents. The majority occurred during spring when many people were burning brush. Some of these fires were preventable.

Reducing the number of human-caused fires is an integral component of our fire prevention program. A permit to burn is required under the Forestry Act and can be obtained at no cost at forest management offices. The lighting of fires for cooking and camping does not require a permit; however certain regulations must be followed.

Mr. Speaker, we ask residents to be Firesmart. May 6 is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and communities are encouraged to participate in mitigation projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to homes and neighborhoods.

Mr. Speaker, a toll-free number is available to report forest fires. The number is 1-866-709-FIRE (3473).

Thank you.

2017 05 02                              1:55 p.m.