As per the Municipality’s Fire Prevention By-Law:
All fires requiring a permit must be set between 5 p.m. and midnight. In the event of a burning restriction, all burning permits will be invalid for that time period.

Permits can be obtained from the Fire Chief in your area at no cost.

The permit holder shall:

  • Monitor the fire at all times
  • Burn small piles
  • Extinguish the fire before leaving
  • Have on site suitable equipment to extinguish the fire
  • Create a perimeter around the fire to prevent injury to all individuals present

Supervised fire pits and small contained bonfires for family enjoyment do not require a permit under the Municipality’s Fire Prevention By-Law but may be banned by the Department of Lands and Forestry in the event of a burning restriction.

Penalties

Every person who fails to comply with this Fire Prevention By-Law is subject to a fine not to exceed Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) or, in default of payment of the fine, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months.

A copy of the Fire Prevention By-Law can be viewed online at or at the Municipal Office, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Fire Chiefs for the Clare Firefighters Association

  • Havelock: Laurie Moses,  902-841-1818
  • Hectanooga: Louis Mazier,  902-769-7469
  • Little Brook: Michel LeBlanc,  902-769-2480
  • Meteghan: Alain Comeau,  902-769-7568
  • St. Bernard: Daniel Gaudet,  902-841-0413
  • Salmon River: Daniel Kiley,  902-307-9451
  • Southville: Doug Cromwell,  902-308-2258

Please note

Burning restrictions are set at 2 p.m. daily. To check restrictions, check online at novascotia.ca/burnsafe or phone 1-855-564-2876 for daily burning restrictions. Department of Lands and Forestry Burning Permits are still required for: Industrial Land Clearing, Agriculture, Building Construction, Blueberry Crops.