Issue: September 2020
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Next deadline: September 18


Check with Lands and Forest BEFORE having a fire.

• Lands and Forest’s Wildfire Fighters are ready to respond to fire emergencies.

• The public can report wildfires by calling 1-800-565-2224.

What is a fire ban?

The ban prohibits open fires for any purpose in woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of woods in any part of the province. Bans on open fires are enacted as needed to protect the heath of the province’s forests during periods of high risk.

Why are open fires banned?

A ban is a temporary measure to reduce the risk of wildfires and potential damage to homes and properties,

When does a ban come into effect?

A ban can be evaluated and lifted at any time, continued or extended, depending on conditions at the time. Check with your local Fire Department or the Provincial Fire Control BEFORE having a fire.

What about burning in chimneys, fire pits, and other backyard burning appliances?

If the fire is not in an enclosed CSA approved appliance, the fire is considered to be an open fire and DURING A BAN is NOT permitted.

Do I need to check burn restrictions each day?

YES. Once a ban on open fires is posted it is in force all the time until lifted by the province.

Is the province prepared to deal with wildfires? What is the risk?

The province continues to operate all essential services, including wildfire response, during the pandemic. Our fire crews are highly skilled and ready to respond to emergencies.

The risk of wildfires is highest during the spring, and the ban on open fires is a precautionary measure that will reduce the number of calls they must respond to and help us maintain our firefighting resources.

How will the ban be applied?

Every Nova Scotian is asked to follow the burn ban and not create unnecessary risk in these challenging times.

What should I do if I see someone burning during the ban period?

Call 911 if it is an emergency or the fire is out of control. Call 1-800-565-2224 to report an unsafe burning practice.

Who do I contact for more information on the ban?

Call your nearest Lands and Forests office for assistance or more information on a burn ban or safe burning practices.