MUSKOKA FIRE DANGER RATING

HIGH - No Daytime Burning.

Extreme caution must be taken with all open flames. Small fires are permitted in most rural areas of Muskoka keeping in mind that NO DAYTIME BURNING is allowed.

The Fire Dept remind residents and visitor that you must have adequate tools and water to extinguish the fire if the need arises and you must be with your fire at all times.

Consult with your local Fire Department for outdoor burning regulations in your municipality.

 

The Fire Danger Rating monitored from April 1st to Oct 31st.

Consult with your local bylaw department for outdoor burning regulations in your municipality.

About the Muskoka Fire Danger Rating

This is the Forest Fire Danger Rating for Restricted Fire Zone RFZ 27 (District of Muskoka). The Muskoka Fire Season runs April 1st to October 31st each year. The rating is verified daily and updated whenever the rating changes.

For complete information on burning in your municipality please check with your local municipal office:

Bracebridge - 705-645-6319 ext 250
Georgian Bay - 705-538-2765
Gravenhurst - 705-687-3412
Huntsville - 705-789-5201
Lake of Bays - 705-635-2272
Muskoka Lakes - 705-765-3156

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.

 

For every level of this rating chart, there will be No Open Air Burning including incinerators, chimeneas or other burning containers between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. from April 1 to October 31 each year.

Definitions of Ratings:

  • Low;  Campfires for cooking and warmth only.
  • Moderate; Campfires for cooking and warmth only.  Carry out any burning with caution.
  • High; Avoid campfires, even for cooking and warmth if possible.  Fire Danger is serious - use extreme caution.
  • Extreme; Total fire ban.  No Burning Allowed at any time of the day. No fires, including charcoal barbeques are permitted for cooking or warmth and no fireworks are allowed.