Public Advisory:

Open Fire Ban Issued for the Island of Newfoundland

The Department of Natural Resources is implementing an outdoor fire ban for forest land in all regions on the Island of Newfoundland effective immediately.

Recent dry weather and hot temperatures experienced throughout the island have heightened the forest fire threat throughout all areas. The forest fire index is currently at extreme levels in many regions of the province. Under such conditions, the department is taking appropriate measures to prevent forest fires.

Outdoor fires are not permitted. Unauthorized burning, including campfires and brush burning, cannot take place in and around forested areas. Gas barbeques and CSA approved patio wood burning devices are excluded, except in municipalities that have issued a ban. All fireworks are included in the ban, except for sanctioned firework displays conducted by town and local communities with appropriate fire suppression resources on hand.

The outdoor fire ban will be lifted when weather and forest conditions warrant. For more information, contact the District Forest Offices. Contact numbers are available at http://www.gov.nl.ca/nr/department/contact/forestry/forestry.html.