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Burn Restrictions Begin Next Week In Nova Scotia – Last Year There Were 152 Wildfires In The Province

The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is reminding Nova Scotians that provincial burn restrictions take effect on March 15 through October 15.

Last year, Nova Scotia saw 152 wildfires that damaged 3,839 hectares of Crown and privately owned land. Wildfires put provincial and volunteer firefighters at risk and takes millions of dollars in resources to fight.

Burn restrictions cover outdoor fires including those in backyard burn pits, brush burning and campfires that are not in private, municipal, provincial or federal campgrounds with proper campfire facilities.

Local bylaws take precedence over provincial restrictions, so it’s best to be familiar with what is permitted in your area.

During wildfire season, burning is not permitted anywhere in the province between 8 AM and 2 PM. The provincial BurnSafe map is updated each day at 2 PM to show where and when burning is permitted.

  • if a county is shown in green, burning is permitted after 2 PM
  • if a county is shown in yellow, burning is permitted after 7 PM
  • if a county is shown in red, burning is not permitted that day.

The restrictions are also available by recorded message on a toll-free line. 1-(855)-564-BURN (2876).

In an emergency, Nova Scotians can report wildfires by calling 1-800-565-2224 or 911.

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