Wildfire Risk Season is NO LONGER in effect. You will not need to check the provincial website for burning restrictions until March 15, 2018.
During wildfire risk season, you must check the provincial map to see if burning is allowed in your area or call 1-855-564-2876.
For more information, please visit the Department of
Natural Resources website by clicking the link below.
Brush Burning Tips
Here are a few quick steps to take when burning brush on your property. First of all, let’s define brush burning. Domestic brush burning is burning 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 and blueberry burning which is less/equal to 2 hectares.
Step 1: Between March 15 through to October 15, check to see if brush burning is allowed in your area. This is done by calling the Department of Natural Resources at 1-855-564-2876 or by visiting their website at www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe. During the March to October time period, burning brush is prohibited at all times between the hours of 8am to 2pm. It may be restricted or prohibited during the remainder of the day and that is why you need to call or check the website for further details. Since 2014, you no longer need to visit a local fire department to pay for a burn permit.
Step 2: Whenever possible, try to pick an overcast day and/or when vegetation is damp. The more humidity in the air and in the surrounding vegetation can help prevent runaway fires from sparks and embers.
Step 3: Ensure your brush burning location is a safe distance from your home, other buildings, vegetation and your brush piles. Keep the wind in mind, as embers and sparks can be blown a long distance. Use a burn barrel or other wood burning appliance if you have one. Whenever possible, place a mesh screen over your fire to prevent embers and sparks from escaping.
Step 4: Keep fire fighting tools on hand. A shovel, access to some dirt or soil to throw on the flames and a garden hose will do just fine, but only if your fires are small.
Step 5: Once your fire is out, douse the coals/embers with lots of water to ensure the fire will not reignite when you leave.
The most important tip is, if your fire begins to spread outside of your designated burn area, please call 911 immediately so firefighters can be dispatched. We would rather have the people on scene right away to help you extinguish any runaway flames rather than have the flames spread and grow out of control. We realize many of you have lived with camp fires and brush fires for years, most without issue, but it is important to remember that fire can spread very quickly and it doesn’t need to be windy or crispy dry to do so. Calling 911 does not necessarily mean you will be charged or fined, especially if we can see you were practicing safe burning techniques. Let’s work together to practice safe burning and preventing runaway brush fires. Remember, brush fires are for wood only. Burning garbage, rubber, plastic and any other debris is illegal. Illegal burning can be reported anonymously anytime by calling 911 or 1-800-565-2224.
For further information, please visit the Provincial Wildfire Management group by clicking here.