Local fire departments want residents to know the rules around backyard burning.

Oyster River Fire Chief Bruce Green says we’ve reached the time of year when residents of Black Creek need a permit to burn.

He notes conditions are drying out and they want to know where fires are so they can be proactive regarding the spread of fires.

Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex is reminding residents that burning is not allowed in the city limits. He notes that rule applies year-round.

All fire departments are asking residents to obey burning restrictions and be courteous to your neighbours when it comes to outdoor burning.