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Forest fire season in Newfoundland and Labrador starts May 1

The 2017 forest fire season runs from May 1 to Sept. 30 on the island of Newfoundland and from May 15 to Sept. 30 in Labrador.
The 2017 forest fire season runs from May 1 to Sept. 30 on the island of Newfoundland and from May 15 to Sept. 30 in Labrador.

The provincial government is reminding residents burning grass and brush as the weather begins to heat up can be dangerous.

Under the Forestry Act, the 2017 forest fire season will run from May 1 to Sept. 30 on the island of Newfoundland and from May 15 to Sept. 30 in Labrador.

Permits to burn are required to burn brush on forest land or within 300-metres of forest land during this period.

They are available at regional or district forest management offices, as are copies of the Forest Fire Regulations.

Failure to comply with a permit or condition of a permit to burn is an offence and liable in accordance with the Forest Fire Offence and Penalty Regulations.

 “People should also be aware that the benefits of burning grass in the spring are largely unfounded,” a release from the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources stated Tuesday.

“Rather than being beneficial, this practice is destructive and dangerous and increases the risks associated with wildland fire.”

Residents can report wildfires by calling 1-866-709-FIRE (3473).

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