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With a long weekend coming up, the provincial government is reminding Islanders to be careful with outdoor fires.
In a news release, fire marshal Dave Rossiter said a small grass fire can spread out of control to other vegetation and nearby structure, which puts firefighters at risk and ties up valuable resources.
“Grass fires are not only illegal without a permit, they are very dangerous.”
Under the Fire Prevention Act anyone who sets a grass fire without a permit can be fined $200 and $1,000.
Agriculture Minister George Webster also reminded Islanders to use caution with outdoor fires as people are eager to burn off old grasses and wood debris.
“While conditions are still moist in most Island woodlands, grass fires can spread quickly damaging crops, livestock, buildings and other structures.”
Burning permits are required for any outdoor fire from March 15 to Dec. 1 and burning can only occur when the fire weather index is low and wind speeds are 10 km/h or less.
Permits are available for free from any forest district office.