Department of Natural Resources reminds public of fire laws

Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources issued a memo reminding the general public about the province’s grass burning policies.

By Amaris Bourdeau

Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources issued a memo reminding the general public about the province’s grass burning policies.

“Spring grass burning is a long-standing tradition in Nova Scotia,” says Bruce Nunn, Regional Enforcement Manager for the department.

Regardless, the act of grass burning has consequences. It harms the environment, destroys soil, causes structural damage, and can produce safety risks for both firefighters and the public.

In addition, it is costly for taxpayers to have firefighters combat easily preventable fires.

University Avenue fire station (HRM photo)

The province also reminds the public that burning brush within 1,000 feet (300 metres) of forest requires a provincial burning permit.

For the western counties, this permit is required as of April 1. For the rest of the province, it is required as of April 15. Some regions require a municipal burning permit as well.

“Warm weather this winter has increased the risk of wild fires, so we encourage people planning to burn brush to get a permit,” says Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources.

 

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