KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Lakes Fire And Rescue have set the current burn hazard index to extreme as of today.
With increased temperatures and lack of precipitation, Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Terry Jones is recommending that residents do not burn.
“Though we have not issued a total burn ban yet, we are asking the public to take extreme precautions to prevent brush and grass fires while the burn hazard index is set to extreme,” said Jones.
Conditions will continue to be monitored and the public will be notified should there be any further changes to the burn hazard index.
The City says a small fire can spread out of control rapidly in dry conditions. Leaves and grass can readily ignite from as little as a discarded cigarette or spark.
Additional care should be used when operating any tools or equipment that may produce heat. Use methods other than grinding tools and hot works outdoors.
Do not drive any type of vehicle through long grass or brush as hot exhaust and engines can set fire to dry ground cover recommends the fire department.
Caution should be given when using propane appliances, including barbeques, and they should never be left unattended.
Residents are asked to check the Kawartha Lakes website or call 1-888-882-2225 ext. 8 for up-to-date burn hazard conditions.