2017 Forest Fire Season

On Tuesday of this week, the forest fire season officially began in New Brunswick.  Read more about it here: CBC New Brunswick (link)

If you are a resident of Rothesay and Quispamsis and would like to have a campfire in your yard, please review the following information.

What are the regulations to have a camp fire in my yard?

Although the bylaws vary slightly between Rothesay and Quispamsis, residents must contact the fire department in order to have a recreational fire in their yard; call 848-6601 in Rothesay or 848-6602 in Quispamsis.  If you live in a Local Service District serviced by this department, you will need to call the Department of Natural Resources at 1-866-458-8080 to obtain a burning permit.

The guidelines to have a fire in your yard include:

  • untreated wood is the only fuel used.  Fires may not be used to clear brush or dispose of construction waste;
  • there is only one fire at the site;
  •  the fire area is no larger than one square meter (three square feet);
  • the caller is the owner of the property or has permission to burn where the fire is located;
  • the fire will be attended at all times;
  • a means of extinguishment is readily available;
  • and the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the site.

These guidelines apply to all recreational fires including the usage of outdoor fire pits, fire bowls, or chimineas.  The only recreational fires not covered by this policy are those that use an alternate fuel source from wood, such as propane outdoor fireplaces.

We follow the guidelines set by the Province on whether burning is open, restricted, or closed.  This information is updated daily at 2pm between April and October and can be found here:  New Brunswick Forest Fire Watch (link)