Nfld. & Labrador

Forest fire season begins today on island, May 15 in Labrador

Newfoundland residents preparing to burn brush as part of clean-up activities around their properties should note that the 2015 forest fire season is now underway.
A night view of a forest fire that burned in June 2013 near Wabush. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

Newfoundland residents preparing to burn brush as part of spring clean-up activities around their properties should note that the 2015 forest fire season is now underway. 

This year's season opened Friday and will run until Oct. 15. 

For the island, this year's season has been extended by two weeks in the fall, due to above-average temperatures and increased forest fire activity in recent years.

In Labrador, the season begins on May 15 and ends on Sept. 30. 

"During spring, fine fuels such as dead vegetation in fields and other open areas appear wet, but can dry and burn in a matter of hours when conditions change," the government said in a statement. 

"These materials play a role in most fires responded to early in the forest fire season, because they ignite easily and can spread fire quickly."

A permit to burn is required under the Forestry Act and can be obtained at no cost at regional or district forest management offices throughout the province.

The lighting of fires for cooking and camping does not require a permit, but certain forest fire regulations must be followed.

A toll-free number is available to report forest fires during forest fire season: 1-866-709-3473.