© Geraldine Brophy
Corner Brook fire Chief Neville Wheaton is seen during the Monday, May 5, 2014 regular public city council meeting.
Despite the snowy weather Tuesday, the Corner Brook Fire Department is concerned about the return of grass and brush fire season.
There have not been any reports to date this spring, but it is the time of year when people tend to burn brush and debris in their backyards. Fire Chief Neville Wheaton, who noted it is a myth that burning off dead grass makes for a nicer lawn, said it doesn’t take long for open fires to spread out of control.
If people feel the need to burn debris, fires must be in approved a backyard fireplace with a spark arrester. It should be well away from wooded areas or combustible property and near a source of water.
Wheaton reminded residents that there is a summer time burning ban in Corner Brook, effective June 1.