For most cottagers, it may come as no surprise that Muskoka’s Fire Danger Rating never increased above a level of “LOW” throughout the 2017 summer.
Due to the amount of rain we experienced in the season, there was never much of a reason for local fire officials to raise the risk level. This meant that all summer long, environmentally friendly and fully-supervised fires were permitted without a permit from the township between two hours before and two hours after sunset. It was the first summer since the system was introduced in 2011 that the rating started and remained at “LOW” all summer.
Last year, a number of events throughout the region that featured fireworks were postponed or cancelled due to fire bans. This year, several events and seasonal businesses were impacted by rain instead.