Province warns of dangers and consequences of grass fires

Forest fire season has started in New Brunswick and the government is warning people about setting grass fires.

It's an old practice for some who believe it helps the grass come back stronger in the spring.

But the province calls that "largely unfounded" and says it can be destructive, as well as dangerous.

There are also criminal penalties for not following burning regulations, including a fine for failing to possess a valid work permit or not meeting a permit's requirements.

There were 28 forest fires in New Brunswick last year.