Wildfire Prevention

Wildfire Prevention Tips

The wildfire Management Group conducts education programs to increase public awareness of the prevention and hazards of wildfire. Much of this activity focuses on practical steps that people can take to reduce the threat posed by wildfire. We often partner with local fire departments to deliver this message.

Fire season Provincially is now March 15th to October 15th. As of March 15th 2014 domestic burning permits are no longer required. You must phone in 1-855-564-2876 or go online to http://novascotia.ca/burnsafe to see if it is safe to burn. Green means burn after 2:00pm and have your fire out by 8:00am, yellow means burn after 7:00pm and have your fire out by 8:00am and red means no burning at all. These restrictions are set in place for the safety of the public and burning is only permitted when it is the lowest possible fire risk. In the evenings and after/during rain events it is the safest to burn as temperatures are lower, humidity is higher and winds are calmer.

If you see someone burning when they are not supposed to be or see a wildfire please report it to either 1-800-565-2224 or 911.

Prevention is the best way to reduce the occurences of wildfires.

The fire weather index is posted aily on the departments website during the fire season.

Wildfire Prevention Survey

Canada's wildland fire management agencies are interested in learning about public understanding of wildfire prevention programs and how these programs and prevention messages could be improved. Human-caused wild fires continue to be a problem across Canada resulting in increasing expenditures, inefficient use of resources, and increased damages. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) in partnership with University of Saskatchewan aims to develop a national prevention campaign that would focus on the prevention and mitigation of human-caused fires.

The study, Needs Assessment: National Wildfire Education Campaign seeks to assess the public's attitudes and beliefs about wildfire prevention. As the value of our findings depends on your involvement, we would like to thank you for taking time to participate. The online survey should take about 15 minutes, and asks questions about your knowledge of wildfire prevention messaging, and the different types of media by which you find wildfire prevention information.