Newfoundland Fire Ban

Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett

Apr 23, 2020

Newfoundland Fire Ban

Posted on Thursday April 23, 2020

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As posted by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on April 22, 2020, there is now a fire ban in place for any fires within 300 meters of forest land for all regions of the province. Please note that there are no open fires allowed on East Coast Trails, at any time. Thank you.

Complete notice below:

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