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June 16, 2023


Muskoka Association of Fire Chiefs Reminder

The Muskoka Association of Fire Chiefs would like to remind everyone that even with the recent rainfall that was received in the area, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Restricted Fire Zone remains in effect and municipal fire bans are still in place. The Restricted Fire Zone is under the authority of the MNRF and its at their sole discretion whether to implement or rescind these types of restrictions.

The Muskoka Association of Fire Chiefs would like to thank everyone for their continued cooperation.

TOTAL FIRE BAN remains in effect until further notice.

  • NO open-air fires of any kind are permitted at any time including for cooking or warmth.
  • NO fireworks are permitted

In addition, extra caution should be taken when using any equipment/tools that may produce heat:

  • Avoid the use of grinding tools and hot works outdoors
  • Do not drive any type of vehicle through long grass/brush as hot exhaust and engines can ignite dry ground cover
  • Dispose of cigarette and cannabis butts in metal containers and/or water
  • Additional care should be taken when using propane appliances such as barbeques. A responsible person should always monitor these appliances while they’re in use.
  • Stay informed by following local alerts and considering subscribing to Voyent Alert! to receive local, critical information when it matters most. See below for more information.

For more information, please read the full notice.


In times of crisis it is important that residents have access to trusted, timely and accurate information to ensure their own safety and that of their family and loved ones. In response to this need, the Muskoka Emergency Response Committee (MERC) has chosen Voyent Alert! as the communication service provider for these kinds of events.

By downloading the Voyent Alert! app and registering, residents and visitors can select to receive notifications from a wide variety of communication channels including mobile apps, text/SMS alerting, email or voice calling. The system will also allow you to create and track multiple locations such as “Kids School”, “Work”, “Cottage” or “Mom’s House”.  Any event or communication related to your tracked locations will be forwarded to you along your preferred communication channel(s).  Smart alerting capabilities ensure that you will only get notified when a communication is relevant to you or one of the locations you are tracking.

How to Register:

Registration for the service is FREE, simple and totally anonymous.

For Mobile App Alerts: Download and install the Voyent Alert! app from the Apple or Google Play app stores.

For Email, Text Message or Voice Call Alerts: Register online at https://register.voyent-alert.com

Scam Alert: Phone Scam Impersonating Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department

The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department is issuing a warning to residents regarding a recent phone scam targeting our community. Scammers have been posing as representatives of the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department, attempting to deceive residents into making donations for wildfire efforts.

Residents are reminded that the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department or any Township service will NEVER solicit donations via phone calls.

Residents should remain vigilant and refrain from providing any personal or financial information to unknown callers.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department requesting donations, it is crucial to hang up immediately. Please report the incident to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at their non-emergency line:


The purpose of the Lake of Bays Association is to promote, sustain and enhance a clean and healthy natural environment, a well-serviced community and a safe and peaceful Lake of Bays.

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