Open Fire Ban In Effect Provincewide

Department of Natural Resources

July 12, 2012 1:46 PM

A provincewide ban on all open fires begins today, July 12.

"The dry and warm weather we are experiencing has brought the fire weather index to high or extreme throughout the province," said Jim Rudderham, supervisor of wildfire management with the Department of Natural Resources. "A ban on open fires will reduce the risk of wildfires and potential damage to homes and properties."

The open-fire ban will continue until further notice. Significant rainfall will be required before the ban can be lifted.

The ban prohibits open fires within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of wooded areas, including in devices such as chimeneas. Municipalities may have additional restriction on open fires.

To view frequently asked questions, go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/burning-ban.asp .


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     A ban on open fires in all areas of Nova Scotia began today

(July 12th).

     No open fires will be allowed within 305 metres, or 1,000

feet, of wooded areas, including in devices such as chimeneas.

     Municipalities may have additional restriction on open

fires.

     The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

     To view frequently asked questions, visit the Department of

Natural Resources website.

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