Burn Bans Remain In Place As Dry Spell Continues

Watering restrictions, too

A significant spate of dry weather and warmer than average temperatures have forced many municipalities to enact fire bans. Environment Canada says the region only got about a third of the rain it usually gets by this time of year, leading to Fire Chiefs across Simcoe County and Muskoka banning all open air burning for the time being. That includes those with a burn permit too. The risk of sparking a larger fire is just too great.

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The following municipalities have enacted fire bans:

  • Adjala-Tosorontio
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury
  • Essa
  • Innisfil
  • Midland/Penetanguishene
  • New Tecumseth
  • Oro Medonte
  • Rama
  • Ramara
  • Severn
  • Springwater
  • Tay
  • Tiny
  • Muskoka
  • 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.

Watering Restrictions

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.