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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.