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.
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 to continue to be a problem across Canada and the impact it has on communities and homes 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 improve the Fire Smart program and better understand your knowledge of wildfire risk and mitigation around homes.
The online survey should take about 15 minutes, and asks questions about your knowledge of Fire Smart, and will help us develop better methods and tools to help protect private property and communities.