Open Burning

Open Burning

In general, anytime you light a fire outdoors, you are open burning. To be precise, open burning is the burning of organic material to dispose of gardening, agricultural, and land development debris; to remove residue and slash in the forestry industry; to dispose of sawmill waste; to prevent wildfires; to clear grazing range; and for recreational uses (camp fires etc.).

The problem with open burning is that the smoke produced from burning contains numerous pollutants that can trigger health problems, as well as contribute to reduced visibility.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce the amount of organic material that is burned. For example, wood residue can be used as chips for pulp and fiberboard mills, feedstock to generate energy, or compost and mulch material.

Many municipalities require permits to allow burns in restricted seasons, while others prohibit open burning altogether. For information on permits, and what you can and cannot burn in New Brunswick , visit the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government’s website at

Page Last Updated: 15/06/2016