The fire danger rating in Muskoka is now set to high.

Fire Prevention Officer Mike Vadlja says this means daytime burning is banned and only small fires, about two feet by two feet, are allowed at night. He says the decision to push the rating from low to high came from looking at the extended weather forecast for Muskoka.

Vadlja says if you are starting a fire, you should have a bucket of water nearby and never leave it unattended.

He says before you head inside for the night, you need to make sure the fire is completely out. That means pouring water on the fire, stirring the embers and then pouring water on it again.