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Municipality of the District of Chester
Fire & Emergency Response

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March 25, 2020

OPEN FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

• A ban on open fires is in effect to protect Nova Scotia’s forests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• The ban prohibits open fires for any purpose in woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of woods in any part of the province. The ban does not apply to private campgrounds.

• The fire ban will remain in effect until May 15, 2020.

• Lands and Forestry’s wildfire fighters are ready to respond to fire emergencies.

• The public can report wildfires by calling 1-800-565-2224.

 

What is the fire ban?
The ban prohibits open fires for any purpose in woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of woods in any part of the province. Bans on open fires are enacted as needed to protect the heath of the province’s forests during periods of high risk.

Why are open fires banned?
The ban is a temporary measure to reduce the risk of wildfires and potential damage to homes and properties during the pandemic.

When does the ban come into effect?
The ban is in effect from March 23 to May 15, 2020.

Will the ban end before May 15?
The ban will be re-evaluated in April and may be lifted, continued or extended, depending on conditions at the time.

What about burning in chimineas, fire pits, and other backyard burning appliances?
If the fire is not in an enclosed CSA approved appliance, the fire is considered to be an open fire and is not permitted.

Does the ban apply to private campgrounds?
The ban does not apply to private campgrounds.

Safety Recommendations for Fire Services

March 26, 2020

Good day,

The Office of the Fire Marshal has been receiving many questions from fire services organizations in light
of all that is happening regarding COVID-19 and current state of emergency put in place to help prevent
the spread of the virus.

The health and safety of all Nova Scotians the top priority at this time, and first responders are an
essential part of public safety.

Based on our current situation, the self-distancing and groups of 5 or less requirements would not apply
to emergency services in the course of their duties; however, we would encourage all emergency
responders to make every effort to limit their contact to essential duties only.

Although training and maintenance activities are an important component to maintain readiness,
ensuring the health of the service providers is also a key concern. Non-emergency activities at the local
fire station and unnecessary contact between organization members only increases the risk of exposure
which could more significantly hamper the effectiveness of the provider than postponing a training
event. As indicated by our Premier, we all must make every effort to “flatten the curve” on this
outbreak.

At this time, I would recommend that all fire departments limit the activities at their stations to the
absolute minimum necessary to be prepared for and respond to emergency calls. If some very critical
maintenance and training (such as safety practices related to covid-19) needs to be carried out in order
to maintain operational readiness, it should be done in a manner to limit contact between members as
much as possible, following all the recommended safety practices.

In addition, the province has banned open fires in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires, which would
place further pressure on our province’s firefighting resources. The ban prohibits setting open fires for
any purpose in woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of woods in any part of the province. The ban
does not apply to private parks and campgrounds.

Accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets can be found at
https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Yours truly,
Fred Jeffers, Fire Marshal

Fire Season in Lunenburg County runs from March 15, 2020 thru October 15, 2020.

You must check for and observe any burning restrictions on the DNR BURN SAFE MAP. Alternately you may call toll free 1-855-564-2876 to obtain burn conditions and restrictions. Please note that Muncipal By-laws may have additional restrictions on burning.

A simple color coding for your specific community is updated daily ay 2.00 pm and provides the information for you to determine if it’s safe to burn.

RED: No burning is permitted
YELLOW: Burning is permitted with special restrictions
GREEN: Burning is permitted

DNR will be enforcing all burn restrictions and illegal burns are subject to legal proceedings.

If you must burn, take all precautions necessary and do so only when it is safe.
If you see a Wildfire, please report it immediately to DNR at 1-800-565-2224 toll free or call 911.

Please visit the link following for some information concerning health and safety of private wells and drinlking ater.

Health and Safety of Private Wells

Please be advised that effective July 24th road construction will begin on Mill Lake Rd No. 1, from end of pavement to end of listing. Traffic will be limited to “stop and go” during construction. Traffic Control persons will be present. The contract completion date is Sept 30, 2018.

Should you have any questions regarding this work, please contact 1-844-696-7737 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.