Always check your municipal bylaws before doing either type of burning.
During the wildfire-risk season, it is required that you check burn restrictions before you ignite a fire in the woods or within one thousand feet (approx. 300 metres) of the woods.
"Woods" means forest land and rock barren, brush land, dry marsh, bog or muskeg.
The wildfire-risk season is now from March 15th-October 15th (both dates included).
In counties coloured red on the burnsafe map (designated "no burn") open fires are not permitted.
In counties coloured yellow on the burnsafe map (designated as "restricted") domestic brush burning is permitted ONLY between 7pm and 8am.
In counties coloured green on the burnsafe map (designated "burn"), domestic brush burning is permitted between 2pm and 8am.
No. No matter what colour the map shows, there is NO domestic brush burning permitted in Nova Scotia between 8am and 2pm.
Domestic brush burning is burning (for no remuneration) woody debris in 2 piles or fewer which are no wider than 3 m and no taller than 2 m. Domestic brush burning includes campfires (except in licensed private, municipal, and provincial campgrounds) and blueberry burning which is less/equal to 2 ha.
Any open fire that burns no larger than 0.5 m in diameter and is intended for recreation and not for survival is considered a campfire.
If the fire is not in an enclosed CSA approved appliance, the fire is considered to be an open fire. A chiminea is an open fire.
When the burnsafe map is red (designated "no burn") Propane or charcoal fueled appliances such as bbqs, propane or natural gas fire bowls and Coleman style camp stoves can be used.
No, charcoal can only be used in an appliance designed for charcoal.
Check and follow your municipal bylaws first. Your municipality may have a burning restriction that supersedes the provincial novascotia.ca/burnsafe map restriction. Municipal restrictions may include: the time burning is permitted, the type of burning appliance that is permitted, the location in the municipality where burning is allowed or not, etc.
Fireworks restrictions are set by the Office of the Fire Marshall. The Office of the Fire Marshall is placing a ban on consumer fireworks when the burnsafe map is red ("no burn").
Consumer Fireworks are the outdoor, low hazard, recreational fireworks (classification 7.2.1/F1) which are available for purchase from retail outlets.
Many municipalities post their burning restrictions online. Select your municipality here: http://www.unsm.ca/component/com_sobipro/Itemid,638/sid,55/