Government urges "no outdoor fires" as forest fire weather index ranges from moderate to extreme in NL

    Thursday, 20 June 2024 12:00

    By Tonya Organ

    Residents are reminded open or outdoor fires are not permitted where the index is VERY HIGH or EXTREME and burning permits are invalid where the index is HIGH, VERY HIGH or EXTREME.

    Warm temperatures are hitting the province which has led to a call for residents to avoid lighting outdoor fires. The forest fire weather index forecast for the province ranges from MODERATE to EXTREME for many areas. Residents are reminded open or outdoor fires are not permitted where the index is VERY HIGH or EXTREME and burning permits are invalid where the index is HIGH, VERY HIGH or EXTREME. Fire hazard index maps are updated daily and can be viewed at the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture website. Operators of off-road vehicles should use a proper screening or baffling device to prevent sparks from escaping and carry a fire extinguisher. There are currently seven active fires burning in the province – all in Labrador. 

     

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