Man Gets Charged $1130 After Burning During A Fire Ban

Posted: 2018-07-23 07:49:48 By: hbr

Muskoka Lakes Fire Department responded to a burning complaint on Thursday afternoon just after 4pm.

When crews arrived on scene there was a large pile of logs and branches burning near the beach. The Fire Dept says that the individual at the property was aware that the burning ban was in effect, however, continued to burn piles of logs and branches at the property.

The individual was charged $1130 under the Township of Muskoka Lakes Burning By-law for burning during a fire ban.

Muskoka Lakes Fire Chief Richard Hayes says it is frustrating, despite their efforts to inform the public, they continue to receive calls for open air fires”.

Chief Hayes reinforced that conditions in Muskoka Lakes are very dry. Even though we have received some rain, it is not enough to lift the ban, and until we get a significant amount of rain, the ban will likely stay in effect.