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Large Increase in Fine for Illegal Burning During Wildfire Season

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Text that says, the illegal burn fine is now $25,000, campgrounds must now follow the BurnSafe map and the link NovaScotia.ca/BurnSafe

As of today, daily burn restrictions also now apply to provincial, municipal and private campgrounds (national parks are under the jurisdiction of Parks Canada).

To help prevent wildfires, open fires (like campfires) are not permitted between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. because that is often when the risk of wildfires is greatest. The BurnSafe map remains red during those hours every day.

The map is updated everyday at 2 p.m., to show the daily restrictions:

- red means burning is not permitted that day

- yellow means burning is permitted after 7 p.m.

- green means burning is permitted after 2 p.m.

Check before you light a campfire. Campers can check daily burn restrictions via the BurnSafe map or by calling 1-855-564-2876 (BURN). They can also check with campground staff.

The fine for violating the daily burn restrictions has increased to $25,000.

Devices such as gas stoves/barbeques and charcoal briquette barbeques can still be used any time, following manufacturers’ instructions.

Never leave a fire unattended. Always make sure your fire is fully extinguished before you go to bed or leave your campsite. All campfires must be out by 8 am the following day.

Learn more about burn restrictions: https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/

Learn more about campfire safety: https://novascotia.ca/campfire-safety/

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