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News Release - NS DNRR: High Fire Risk - Don't Start the next Fire

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May 2, 2024

Crews have responded to 27 wildfires so far this year. Weather is getting warmer and dryer, putting us at greater risk. Almost all wildfires in Nova Scotia are caused by people, so prevention is our first line of defence. And it’s everyone’s responsibility.
Check the map at 2 pm daily to see if burning is allowed in your county:
- Red means no burning because the risk for wildfire is too high.
- Yellow means you can burn after 7 pm Fires must be out by 8 am the following day.
- Green means you can burn after 2 pm Fires must be out by 8 am the following day.
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You also need to check your municipal bylaws – if they are stricter, they take precedence over provincial burn restrictions.

Burn restrictions apply to domestic open fire burning which includes: campfires, burn pits, brush burning, backyard fires and bonfires, backyard chiminea and similar appliances.
Burn restrictions do not apply where a fire is ignited in woods in any federal, provincial, municipal, or privately-operated campground, as long as the fire is enclosed in grills designed for that purpose.

Please – follow the daily burn restrictions, and don’t start the next wildfire.


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The Municipality of the County of Annapolis, the Town of Annapolis Royal, and the Town of Middleton have entered into an
inter-municipal agreement aimed at jointly managing emergency prevention and mitigation, preparedness, planning,
response, and recovery efforts. This collaborative initiative is facilitated through Annapolis REMO,
ensuring a coordinated and cohesive response across the region.

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