The Muskoka Fire Danger Rating season, which runs each year from April 1 to October 31, is now in effect.
Residents are reminded that the “no daytime burning” rules are now also in effect.
The fire danger rating is currently set at LOW. Conditions can change rapidly at this time of year and the danger rating will be adjusted according to conditions.
Residents are advised to check with their local municipal office for local open-air burning regulations:
Lake of Bays 705-635-2272
Muskoka Lakes 705-765-3156
Georgian Bay 705-538-2765
The Muskoka Fire Danger Rating is determined using the Fire Weather Index (FWI), an internationally used method for determining the risk of fires in open air. It uses factors such as the relative humidity, temperature, previous 24-hour rain amount, wind directions and wind speed in combination with the forest fuel type and loads to determine the risk of the forest to certain fire types. From this calculation the Forest Fire Danger Rating is made in consultation with the fire chiefs of the six area municipalities and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
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