Dry weather and hot temperatures has resulted in an outdoor fire ban being put in place for forest land in all regions of the Island of Newfoundland, the Department of Natural Resources said today.
The hot weather means a heightened forest fire threat — 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.
A news release notes 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 www.gov.nl.ca/nr/department/contact/forestry/forestry.html.