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On Tuesday, July 11 at 4 p.m., the Restricted Fire Zone has been lifted and the Muskoka Fire Danger Rating lowered to moderate.
WHAT DO THE RATINGS MEAN?
The Muskoka Fire Danger Rating is determined using the Fire Weather Index, an internationally used method for determining the risk of fires in open air. It uses factors such as the relative humidity, temperature, previous 24-hour rain amount, wind directions and wind speed in combination with the forest fuel type and loads to determine the risk of the forest to certain fire types. From this calculation the Forest Fire Danger Rating is made in consultation with the Fire Chiefs of the six area municipalities and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Low danger of fire. You may conduct any municipally permitted fire activities. No daytime burning. Campfires for cooking and heat only.
Moderate danger of fire. Carry out permitted fire activities with caution. No daytime burning. Fires for cooking and heat when there are no other sources. Extra care is required for all burning.
High danger of fire. Only absolutely necessary municipally permitted activities should be carried out. However, it is recommended that no burning should occur. A total fire ban may be in place. No daytime burning. Avoid campfires. Use extreme caution with all fires.
Extremely high fire danger. Absolutely no burning of any kind should be carried out. Total fire ban in place. No burning at any time, includes charcoal barbecues. Fireworks are banned.
In some cases, should the fire danger rating be at a high or extreme, the municipality should choose to issue a fire ban. When the fire ban is in place, no burning of any kind is permitted. Fireworks are not permitted. Fire ban in effect.
High levels of air pollution have developed due to smoke from forest fires.
Continue to take action to protect your health and reduce exposure to smoke.
More info: Wildfire smoke, air quality and your health
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Up from the Skies (1967)
Ecology didn’t really establish itself as a topic in pop until the early 70s: there’s something almost eerily prescient about this jazzy single, on which the sci-fi obsessed Hendrix had aliens return to Earth for the first time in thousands of years and note the “smell of a world that has burned” – “maybe it’s a change of climate”.
Listen below from minute1:20 to here the lyric.