Grassfires hit Queens County
There have been about five grassfires in Queens County in the past month.
The most recent fire was in Brooklyn on April 1. David Payzant, deputy chief of the Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department, says it started from an outside fireplace.
“They’ve varied in size. Nothing major, I would say,” says Payzant about the recent fires.
He says none of the fires have been significant, and none has done structural damage.
Payzant says this year’s grassfires began early, and might have something to do with the lack of snow.
“We wish we could answer that,” says Payzant when asked why people light grassfires.
“A lot of the people do it because they’re trying to clear land.”
Some people burn grass because they believe their grass will grow back greener and stronger, adds Payzant. But according to the deputy chief, some fires are also because of inattentiveness.
Payzant suggests people should be more aware of their surroundings and of the weather on days they decide to burn.
People in Annapolis, Digby, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties must have provincial permits to burn brush beginning on April 1. People in the rest of the province have to have permits by April 15.
According to a Natural Resources press release, domestic burning permits for yard clean up are valid for two weeks and cost $5.71. Industrial burning permits for land clearing, agricultural clearing and blueberry fields are valid for as long as the job takes and are $57.16.
“The big thing we always say is you shouldn’t burn within 300 metres of a forested or a wooded area. Be aware of your weather, especially your wind,” says Payzant.
Payzant stresses the fact people should be careful if they choose to burn.
Firefighters with the Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department put out a grassfire in Milton on a mild, windy day in late March.