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Provincial Fire Ban Information

April 24, 2020

Public notice for all residents of the Town of Holyrood including all the residents within the fire protection area of the Holyrood Fire Department: Salmonier line and all side roads up to and including the Wilds Resort, Deer Park, and Middle Gull Pond regarding fire pits/open fires:

Fire Pits/Open Fires on the Beach:

  • Fires must be 1.5 meters away from the shoreline and 5 meters from any tree line.

Homemade and store bought/contractor-built fire pits on residential properties:

  • Backyard fireplaces should be built into the ground, or on brick, stone or other non-combustible surface with a minimum surface area of 1.5 meters.
  • Wood burning devices must be at least 3.5 meters away from your property line, house, garage, fence or flammable materials like trees, branches, and plants.
  • A mesh screen or spark guard is required to reduce the spread of embers and sparks. The openings in the mesh screen should not be greater than 0.5 inches across.
  • Capable of completely containing/enclosing the fire
  • Fires should not be lit if wind speeds exceed 15 km/hr.
  • Only burn clean, dry firewood.
  • Attended by a responsible adult with access to a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or another water source while operating.

Do not burn:

  • Wood that is painted, treated or contains glue or resin
  • Wood from a different location, region or province
  • Wet or green/fresh cut wood
  • Yard waste (cut grass or leaves)
  • Garbage
  • Rubber or plastic
  • Furniture

From the Office of the Fire Chief
Robert Bauer, Fire Chief
Holyrood Fire Department
Town of Holyrood

Please see below for the provincial government release on the provincial wide fire ban:

Public Advisory: New Restrictions for Open Fires

  • Fisheries and Land Resources

April 22, 2020

A ban on open fires is now in effect for all of Newfoundland and Labrador. The ban specifically prohibits the setting of all open fires on forest land or within 300 meters of forest land for all regions of the province.

The declaration will remain in effect until September 30 and includes a ban on grass burning, brush burning, campfires and personal fireworks. Gas barbeques and CSA approved patio wood burning devices are excluded from the ban, except in municipalities that have issued a ban for these devices.

Historically, 80 per cent of forest fires in the province are caused by people. The open fire ban has been declared with the goal of reducing the number of wildfires requiring action by Fisheries and Land Resources fire staff, local and volunteer fire departments, and other first responders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is consistent with actions being taken by other forest fire fighting agencies in Canada to lower the risks associated with COVID-19 exposure.

The minimum fine associated with the violation of the fire ban proclamation is $1,000. The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has already recorded five wildfires this year related to burning of grass by individuals.

The public are encouraged to report any wildfires or any open burning being conducted in violation of the fire ban by calling 1-866-709-FIRE (3473) or their nearest local Forestry and Wildlife District Office.

Media contact
Craig Renouf
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6922