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Brush/Grass Fires

(Tuesday, April 19, 2005) - It is illegal to burn brush without a burning permit in Halifax Regional Municipality and in many areas of HRM, burning is not permitted at all.

During the past few days Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency has been experiencing a rash of illegal burning. Burning illegally will constitute a summary offence ticket costing $215.00. Repeat offenders could be fined up to $5000 or 60 days in jail. It is a criminal offense to purposely light a fire and destroy personal property and therefore will result in charges of arson under the Criminal Code Act.

It was stated in the Herald yesterday, that HRM would be doing a major pick up of old brush in the near future. This was incorrect and should have stated, “residents may place 5 armload size bundles alongside their green cart for collection. Bundles are collected throughout the year, not just springtime.” For more information on collection services, please refer to, or page 606 in your Aliant yellow pages, or call 490-4000.

Please visit our website at for more information and links on the Open Air Burning By-law, or call 490-5619.

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For further information contact:

Mike LeRue, Divisional Chief
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency




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