Muskoka Forest Fire Danger Rating

Wednesday July 29th, 2015

What does this Mean ?


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The Muskoka Association of Fire Chiefs

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What does the Current Rating Mean ?

MODERATE - Small fires are permitted in most RURAL areas of Muskoka as long as these rules are followed. There is NO DAYTIME BURNING permitted.

Fires must take place between two hours before sunset and two hours after sunrise. Your fire must be no greater than two meters in diameter and only environmentaly friendly products may be burned. You must be with your fire at all times and have sufficient tools and water available to extinguish the fire if the need arises. Remember the smoke from your fire cannot interfere with your neighbours or the roadway.

Consult with your local Fire 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 705-645-5264
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.