Forest Fire season has begun in NB

The 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 people to burn areas of grass, believing that it helps the grass come back stronger in the spring.

In a news release, the province calls that "largely unfounded" and says it can be destructive, as well as dangerous.

The Department of Energy and Resource Development considers burning grass a Category 4 fire, which means a written permit is required.

Anyone who sets a fire may be liable for the cost of fighting the fire and for the destruction of property.

There are also criminal penalties for not following burning regulations, including a fine of $604.50 for failing to possess a valid work permit or not meeting the requirements of a permit.

There were 28 forest fires in New Brunswick last year.

Anyone igniting a Category 1 fire (fires with a diameter of three metres or less) should ensure burning is allowed in that area. This can be done by calling the toll-free burn line at 1-866-458-8080