Burn restrictions begin today

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Burn restrictions come into effect today, March 15.

While it may not look like it outside today, spring begin this weekend and the warmer, drier weather in the spring increases the risk of wildfires.

According to a press release, the Department of Lands and Forestry will update the BurnSafe map daily at 2 p.m. to show if burning is permitted that day:

— if a county is shown in green, burning is permitted after 2 p.m.

— if it is shown in yellow, burning is permitted after 7 p.m.

— if it is shown in red, burning is not permitted that day

— the map will appear grey each day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to indicate burning is not permitted

The BurnSafe map shows provincial restrictions, which cover domestic brush burning and campfires. Restrictions do not apply to campfires in licensed private, municipal or provincial campgrounds with proper campfire facilities.

Restrictions are also available by recorded message by calling the toll-free phone line at 1-855-564-2876 (BURN).