Fisheries and Land Resources
May 9, 2019

Public Advisory: Residents Advised to Exercise Extreme Caution When Using Fire

Residents are reminded to be extremely cautious when using fire. The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has received reports of 31 fires on the island portion of the province since forest fire season came into effect on May 1 – more than double the number of fires reported during the same period in 2018.

Under the Forestry Act, a permit to burn is required to burn brush on forested land or within 300 metres of forest land during this forest fire season, in effect from May 1 to September 30 (May 15 to September 30 in Labrador). Permits to burn and copies of the Forest Fire Regulations are available by contacting district forestry and wildlife offices. Failure to comply with a permit or condition of a permit to burn is an offence. Those failing to comply are liable on summary conviction to penalties as specified under the Forest Fire Offence and Penalty Regulations.

With more than 80 per cent of wildfires being human caused, extreme caution is advised relating to spring burning and use of vehicles or forestry equipment near forested land. Residents are responsible for ensuring safe conditions exist prior to starting a fire, and are reminded to follow safe burning practices when burning brush or debris or having a campfire, and ensuring fires are extinguished. Chainsaws, harvesting equipment and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) must be equipped with appropriate mufflers and spark arrestors to prevent sparks or flammable debris from escaping. When using a chainsaw or riding an ATV on forested lands, users must carry a fire extinguisher containing a minimum of 225 grams of ABC class dry chemical.

Prior to burning, please check the daily Fire Hazard Map at www.faa.gov.nl.ca/forestry/forest_fires/fire_hazard_map.html. To report a wildfire, please call 1-866-709-FIRE (3473). For more information on forest fire prevention, please visit www.faa.gov.nl.ca/forestry/forest_fires/

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Media contact
Linda Skinner
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2284, 632-8167
lindaskinner@gov.nl.ca

2019 05 09                              10:05 a.m.