Due to the Provincial Fire Hazard rating being located at HIGH, the Corner Brook Fire Department is recommending caution at this time. The level within City limits remains at FIRE ADVISORY, meaning recreational fires are not banned. However, we do advise residents to enjoy them with increased safety in mind.
Approved backyard fire pits with appropriate screens are allowed, but are not to be used to burn debris or yard waste such as twigs and leaves.
When enjoying a leisure activity, such as a back yard barbecue or approved fire pit, please be responsible, diligent and safe. This advisory includes charcoal barbecues, recreational fires in campgrounds and in parks.
Permit burning within the municipal boundaries of the City of Corner Brook is banned due to dry and hot conditions. All outstanding burning permits are suspended until further notice.
The Corner Brook Fire Department is asking residents to:
– Keep a garden hose nearby, connected and ready for use in case of a fire.
– Safely douse the fire when you’re done. The safest way to extinguish an outdoor fire is with water.
– Watch the wind direction to ensure sparks aren’t getting on flammable materials.
– Never leave outdoor fires unattended.
– To report a fire, or unauthorized burning, call 9-1-1
Western Newfoundland, including Corner Brook, is also currently under a Heat Warning from Environment Canada. This could last as far into the week as Thursday.
Residents should check on older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are cool and drinking water. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle. Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.
High temperatures will cause gas to expand, so residents are also advised to check on their fuel storage. Please make sure fuel is stored in ventilated, cool spaces.
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Corner Brook Fire Services will continue to monitor the situation. If environmental conditions deteriorate, the advisory may be upgraded to a fire restriction, or ban.
For further updates or changes to the warning, please visit the City of Corner Brook website at https://www.cornerbrook.com/ and search Fire Bans.
For the latest information about Provincial fire hazard levels across the Province, visit https://www.faa.gov.nl.ca/forestry/forest_fires/fire_hazard_map.html.
The City of Corner Brook would like to thank you for your cooperation and apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
City of Corner Brook
Office: (709) 637-1662
Cell: (709) 632-8113
Backgrounder: The City of Corner Brook has four fire hazard levels.
- No restriction (green)
- Fire Advisory (yellow)
- Fire Restriction (orange)
- Fire Ban (red)
No Restriction – low fire danger. Corner Brook’s Fire Services reminds residents that open fires are only permitted in acceptable fire pits and must be managed and extinguished properly.
Fire Advisory – moderate fire danger. Corner Brook’s Fire Services warns residents that a more restrictive fire ban may be coming or that there is a short-term concern like a major wind event which may increase the fire hazard level. During a fire advisory, open fires are allowed, but residents are reminded to be extra vigilant. Soaking the area adjacent to the fire pits with water is recommended.
Fire Restriction – high fire danger. Fire hazard conditions are at a level where wildland fires can start and grow quickly. Certain types of open fires are restricted. No open wood burning fires or charcoal briquette bbqs are allowed. Wood burning fires in screened appliances such as indoor/outdoor fire places or Fourno ovens are permitted. Gas or propane stoves/bbqs and portable propane fire pits are allowed.
Fire Ban – extreme fire danger. No campfires, burning of wood products or charcoal briquettes allowed. Gas or propane stoves/bbqs and portable propane fire pits are allowed.