The Heat Is On; Things You Need To Know

Fire Danger Ratings, Burn Bans, Water Use Regulations


The Fire Danger Rating remains EXTREME across Muskoka; NO fires of any type are permitted. NO fires are permitted for cooking or warmth and NO fireworks are allowed.

A BURNING BAN has been enacted in Midland, Penetanguishene, Severn, Ramara, Tay Township and Tiny Townships and Beausoleil First Nation territory including Christian Island, Beckwith Island, Hope Island and Cedar Point.

Fire Danger Ratings in Simcoe County range from MODERATE to HIGH for the most part.


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.


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.

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


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.

Water Restrictions In Place July 10-11, 2018
The following non-essential water uses are prohibited at all addresses:

  • lawn watering
  • car washing

This is due to work on the town’s water treatment plant.
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