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Firefighters in the forestThe Municipality of Cumberland is urging its residents to respect provincial restrictions on travel in its woodlands.

The province restricted travel and activities in the woods on Wednesday, May 30, due to extremely dry conditions and a critical risk of fire.

Fire crews are battling several large wildfires in Nova Scotia, including in the Halifax Regional Municipality and in Barrington/Shelburne counties.

Hiking, camping, fishing and the use of vehicles in the woods are not permitted. People can still access beaches and provincial and municipal parks, but trail systems are off-limits. Camping is allowed only in campgrounds.

The restrictions apply to Crown and private land. Private landowners are free to use their own properties but cannot host others to use wooded areas of their properties.

Forestry, mining and any commercial activity on Crown land are also restricted. People who conduct commercial activity on Crown land can apply for a permit at their local Department of Natural Resources and Renewables office.

Forestry companies working on Crown land can only work between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. All companies and private landowners are encouraged to take this approach.

These restrictions are in place until June 25 or until conditions allow them to be lifted.

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park near Advocate Harbour is closed because it is a backcountry camping/hiking park.