Small Falmouth brush fire extinguished due to restricted burning ban


Published on June 15, 2017

Capt. Bill Hazel, of the Hantsport Fire Department, speaks with driver Ronnie Starratt while preparing to head down to the scene.

©Carole Morris-Underhill

FALMOUTH, N.S. — A Hants County homeowner was reminded today of the importance of checking local fire burning restrictions mandated by the province before burning any brush or leaves on their property.

Hantsport and Brooklyn firefighters doused a small brush fire in Falmouth June 15 around 5 p.m.

“It's just a small brush fire by the water but we're in a restricted time for burning,” said Hantsport Fire Chief Peter Johnston at the Town Road location.

About 15 firefighters from the two departments responded.

“The province is restricted right now, which means they can't burn until after 7 p.m.,” Johnston said.

“We're just putting it out because it's not in the right time zone.”

“My advice would be to check the Nova Scotia DNR map for burning times, which is updated at 2 p.m. everyday, or call DNR,” he said.

During the wildfire risk season, which runs from March 15 to Oct. 15, burning restrictions are in place for all domestic brush burning and campfires.

Burning restrictions by county are available online at https://novascotia.ca/BurnSafe/ or by calling the toll free phone number at: 1-855-564-2876 (BURN).