A ban on open fires is now in effect to protect Nova Scotia’s forests during the pandemic

The Covid Chronicle

**** Lands and Forestry Release / HRFE

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A ban on open fires is now in effect to protect Nova Scotia’s forestry  workers during the pandemic.

No open fires are allowed.

There is a Province wide burn ban in place. Halifax Regional Municipality has different rules during burn bans.

Until the ban is lifted, all forms of outdoor burning are prohibited. This applies at all times, in all locations regardless of the distance to the woods. The ban includes fire pits and chimeneas.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency wants to thank everyone for respecting the current burn ban. Below are answers to some of your burning questions:

Q: Is the ban still in effect?
A: Yes until at least May 15th, 2020.

Q: Does the ban include the use of charcoal?
A: No, charcoal is exempt.

Q: Does the ban include propane or natural gas devices?
A: No, as long as the device is CSA or ULC approved.

Q: How do I report illegal burning?
A: Call 911.

Q: Is there another number to call? I don’t want to tie up the 911 service.
A: We don’t take any chances with fire. Time is critical. We want a truck on route asap.

Q: Can I burn wood if it is only for cooking?
A: No, all wood burning is banned.

Q: What is the penalty for burning during a ban?
A: Each ticket is $410, and prosecution ranges from $250 to $10,000.

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