Burn permits are required in the Town of Conception Bay South for open air fires. According to the Town’s regulations, “Open Air Fire” shall mean any fire that is caused, set, lit or otherwise ignited outside the confines of any building. It does not include any fire that is caused, set, lit or otherwise ignited in open-air fireplaces, grills, barbecues or barrels. Read the Town’s Open Air Fire Regulations for more details. Burn permits are available online.
Residents who do not have computer access can still obtain a permit by visiting Fire Station 1 in Kelligrews or Fire Station 2 in Topsail. These permits are free-of-charge.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador also requires that you obtain a provincial burn permit during the Forest Fire Season. Each year, a specified period for the Forest Fire Season is declared by the minister. It is typically from May 1 to September 30 each year; however, if conditions warrant, the season can be extended beyond the specified periods. Provincial burn permits are issued by the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources. Residents can visit the Paddy’s Pond Forest Management District Office to obtain this permit, located at 220 Paddy’s Pond Rd, St. John’s, NL or call them at (709) 729-4180.
It is extremely important to always be cautious when having a fire, and to be courteous to surrounding properties. Homes with air exchangers and heat pumps are continuously circulating air from the outside and any sort of outside fire can quickly cause a neighbouring home to fill with smoke. Wind direction can also cause smoke to enter homes through open doors and windows.
It is the responsibility of the public to know what the Fire Hazard rating is before lighting fires. Residents can check the Fire Hazard Map to determine the Fire Hazard rating. Most forest fires are started when the Fire Hazard rating is in the LOW to MODERATE range.
Although permits are not required for burning in a backyard fire pit, there are guidelines which should be followed.
For further information, please contact the Conception Bay South Fire Department at (709) 834-6500 ext. 801.