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Provincial burn restrictions

Check before you burn! Provincial burn restrictions are now in effect until October 15.

During wildfire season, burning is not permitted anywhere in the province between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. These restrictions are in place to help eliminate the chance of wildfires.

There are many things taken into consideration when making these decisions, weather, temperature, and humidity data are collected daily from more than 30 stations across the province to calculate fire risk and determine burn restrictions

Burn restrictions cover outdoor fires, including those in backyard burn pits, brush burning, and campfires that are not in private, municipal, provincial, or federal campgrounds with proper campfire facilities.

Each day at 2 p.m., the provincial BurnSafe map is updated to show where and when burning is permitted.

  • if a county is shown in green, burning is permitted after 2 p.m.
  • if a county is shown in yellow, burning is permitted after 7 p.m.
  • if a county is shown in red, burning is not permitted that day.

Daily burn restrictions are also available by recorded message on the toll-free phone line 1-855-564-2876 (BURN).

In an emergency, Nova Scotians can report wildfires by calling 1-800-565-2224 or 911.