General Information on Outdoor Burning and Wildfire
Tips for Safe Outdoor Burning
- Check the Fire Weather Index and local wind speeds.
- Keep fires small and if possible, burn in a contained fire pit or an approved outdoor burning structure.
- Have adequate water and fire suppression tools on hand (shovels, rakes, brooms, etc.).
- Have enough help on hand to control your fire.
- Keep a charged phone nearby to call 911 if the fire escapes.
- Continuously patrol the burn area and once you are finished for the day, ensure the fire is completely out.
To learn more about protecting yourself and your property from wildfire visit Safe Outdoor Burning.
Call 911 to Report a Wildfire on PEI
Uncontrolled wildfires can be very destructive to homes, cottages, forests, farm buildings, crops, livestock and people. Most wildfires in PEI result from burning old grasses, clearing land for development or equipment sparks. Call 911 to report any wildfires in your area
Fire Weather Index
The Fire Weather Index contains detailed information on current burning conditions in the Island's three fire regions and is updated regularly during fire season.
In PEI, fire season runs from March 15th to December 1st each year. During this period, you must have a valid Burning Permit for all outdoor fires.
General Burning Permit information
Burning Permits are available free of charge at any Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division office, Monday to Friday during normal working hours. Please call the applicable office to ensure someone is there to authorize your permit.
Western PEI: 902-854-7260
Central PEI: 902-368-4800 or 902-368-4700
Eastern PEI: 902-962-7296
Are Burning Permits Issued in all Island Communities?
No. Many Island municipalities also have their own fire regulations so Burning Permits are not issued for those areas. If you want to burn or dispose of brush or leaves in any of the communities listed below, you must contact the city or municipal government office.
Industrial Burning Permits
Special Industrial Burning Permits are available to land owners and businesses who use fire for agricultural or land management purposes. For information on the requirements and standards required to obtain an Industrial Burning Permit call 902-368-4700.
A Burning Permit only allows you to burn unprocessed woody materials such as:
- Other woody debris
Other materials cannot be burned under this permit. For information on proper handling and disposal of other materials, please call the Environment Division at 902-368-5000.
Campfires and Cooking Fires
Camp fires are permitted unless there is a fire ban. Burning Permits are not required for small campfires used for cooking or warmth provided they are built in properly constructed campfire sites and the person starting the fire has the permission of the landowner.
You should have water and fire fighting tools close to the campfire site and you must completely extinguish the campfire when you are finished.
Community contact information for outdoor burning inquiries
- Souris 902-987-2157
- Georgetown 902-652-2924
- Montague 902-838-2528
- Stratford 902-569-1995
- Charlottetown 902-566-5548
- Cornwall 902-566-2354
- Kensington 902-836-3781
- Summerside 902-432-1230
- Miscouche 902-436-4962
- Alberton 902-853-2720