This week, 18 human-caused forest fires have been reported already in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Forest fire season began May 1 in Newfoundland, and begins May 15 in Labrador. It ends on Sept. 30 province wide.
The Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development is reminding residents that forest fire regulations are being enforced. Residents require permits to burn when clearing land or burning brush on or near forest land (within 300 feet).
A news release states that last year, the Forestry Services Branch received 149 complaints about negligence to forest fire regulations. Throughout the season, 111 warnings were given and 48 tickets issued. Some of the offences included burning without a permit; and operating a chainsaw, ATV or UTV without a fire extinguisher.
More information on the province’s forest fire regulations can be found on the government’s website.