Questions and Answers from the Department of Natural Resources about the open fire ban
Why do you feel it necessary to enforce a province-wide ban on open fires? The warm, dry weather we have been experiencing has brought the fire weather index to high or extreme throughout the province. An open fire ban is needed to reduce the potential for fire starts.
How long do you expect the ban to be in place for? Although we hope the ban won't be long, we need significant rain to improve conditions before the ban can be lifted.
Are there penalties for anyone caught disobeying the ban? People caught lighting fires can be fined, and they can be held responsible for all costs associated with suppressing a forest fire and any damages caused to homes and properties.
Is this an all-out ban on fires? Can I still use my closed-in backyard fire pit and barbeque? The ban applies to all outdoor fires. People can continue to use their barbeques and camp stoves, but should use extra caution when operating these applications.
What is the trigger to initiate an open fire ban? The decision to initiate an open fire ban is based on a number of factors, including A prolonged period of little or no rain, A Fire Weather Index of at least 80% in any region. The Fire Weather Index is a prediction of potential fire conditions and intensity.
How many forest fires have we had in the province so far this year? There have been 289 wildfires in the province this year, covering 766.9 hectares of land.