News & Alerts

Fire Ban In Effect

Posted June 1st, 2023

Please be advised that the Municipality of Callander has been placed under a Fire Ban.

Effective June 1st all outdoor burning will be prohibited throughout the Municipality of Callander. 

Starting Thursday June 1 at 12:01am, The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have implemented a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) for the Northeast Region and part of Southern Region. During a total fire ban, NO fires of any type are permitted at any time including for cooking and warmth.  Discharging of consumer fireworks is also prohibited.  

Extra caution should also be taken when using equipment/tools that may produce heat:

  • Limit use of grinding tools and hot works outdoors;
  • DO NOT drive any type of vehicle through long grass/brush as hot exhausts and engines can ignite dry ground cover; and
  • Be safe and present when barbecuing.

With increasing temperatures, dry conditions and the threats taking place in much of the country, a total fire ban is needed to ensure the health and safety of our communities. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) fire danger rating is verified daily and is determined using the Fire Weather Index (FWI), an internationally used method for determining the risk of fires in open air. The FWI uses factors such as relative humidity, temperature, previous 24-hour rain amount, wind directions and more to determine the risk level.