Muskoka is now under a total fire ban.

As of today the Fire Danger Rating in the area has been set to “extreme.” That means no fires of any kind are allowed, including for cooking or warmth, until further notice. That includes fireworks.

Something called the Fire Weather Index is used to figure out the Muskoka Fire Danger Rating. The FWI, which is used internationally, takes into account things like relative humidity, temperature, the amount of rain that’s fallen in the last day, the wind, and the type of forests that are in the area to determine the forest fire risk.

With the FWI in hand, the six area municipalities and the Ministry of Natural Resources work together to come up with the Forest Fire Danger Rating. Fire season runs from April 1st to October 31st each year.

For complete information on burning in your municipality, you can call your local municipal office at:

-Bracebridge 705-8258
-Georgian Bay 705-538-2765
-Gravenhurst 705-687-3412
-Huntsville 705-789-5201
-Lake of Bays 705-635-2272
-Muskoka Lakes 705-765-3156