It is Forest Fire Season in Atlantic Canada.
Is there any better feeling than sitting around a campfire on a clear evening with friends and family snacking on a perfectly gooey marshmallow? We’d argue that there is not!
But, before doing so, we need to make sure it is safe to have a fire. Atlantic Canada is full of woods, so it is important to have fire safety top of mind to reduce the risk of forest fires. Last year both NL and NS had over 150 forest fires. Wildfire prevention is a responsibility we all share. Being aware of safe fire practices and understanding the hazards of wildfires is critical in reducing human-caused fires.
Forest Fire Season is in effect for Newfoundland from May 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021.
Forest Fire Season is in effect for Labrador from May 15, 2021, to September 30, 2021.
Forest Fire Season is in effect for Nova Scotia from March 15th-October 15th.
The Fire Hazard map is created by the province to inform the public of the risk of a wildfire occurring. The Fire Hazard is a relative rating of how easy it is to ignite forest vegetation and available fuels, how fast a fire may spread, and how difficult a fire may be to control.
For the Newfoundland and Labrador Fire Hazard Index Map, click here – https://www.gov.nl.ca/ffa/public-education/forestry/forest-fires/fire-hazard-map/.
For the Nova Scotia Fire Hazard Index Map, click here – https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/.
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