The rain was heavy in some places, but it was not enough to take away the fire danger ratings and burning bans in place across Simcoe County and Muskoka.
Related: When Will the Rain Bring Relief
The following municipalities have enacted fire bans:
- Bradford West Gwillimbury
- New Tecumseth
- Oro Medonte
- Beausoleil First Nation Territory incl. Christian Island, Beckwith Island, Hope Island, and Cedar Point
- Northern York Region incl. Newmarket, Georgina, and East Gwillimbury
No fires of any type are permitted, no fires are permitted for cooking or warmth, and no fireworks are allowed.
Meanwhile, there are many areas of Simcoe County with High to Extreme Fire Danger ratings as more fire bans are anticipated.
Careful Use Guidelines in effect
Lawn Watering – Consumers with even/odd municipal addresses will water accordingly on even/odd numbered calendar days between the hours of 6pm and 8am.
Newly Planted Sod or Seed – Allowed for 14 days after sod or seed has been installed. Regular lawn watering rules apply thereafter.
Watering Trees, Shrubs, Flowers or Gardens – Allowed
Recreational Sprinklers and Splash Pads for Children – Allowed
Filling Residential Swimming and Wading Pools, Hot Tubs, Garden ponds or Fountains – Allowed
Even numbered addresses are permitted to water on even numbered days; odd numbered addresses on odd numbered days between the hours of Midnight at 9 a.m and between 7 p.m. and Midnight
For the months of June through September the watering of any lawn, garden, tree, shrub or other outdoor plants, or the filling of swimming pools, to odd or even days in conjunction with your municipal address number. This watering shall be limited to between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Between June 1 and September 15 owners or tenants with even-numbered properties are permitted to water lawns and gardens between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on even-numbered days of the month. Owners or tenants with odd-numbered properties are permitted to water lawns and gardens between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on odd-numbered days of the month. No person shall use more than one tap for the purpose of watering a garden or lawn, or for the washing of motor vehicles.
Due to critically low water levels in the Thornton-area, a watering ban is in place for all Thornton Municipal Water users; no outside watering is allowed and all lawn sprinkler systems should be disengaged until further notice.
Lawn watering restrictions are in place April 15-Oct. 15 in town. Watering is permitted between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., for even numbered homes on even numbered days and for odd-numbered homes on odd-numbered days.