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Be Prepared: Wildfire Health And Safety

Sep 02, 2023

With wildfires taking place across the country, it's important to be prepared. All of Muskoka remains under a total fire ban and a Provincial restricted fire zone.

Be prepared for any situation.

With the fires currently taking place in northern Ontario and Quebec, conditions will appear hazy and you may smell smoke. You do not need to report these conditions to the Bracebridge Fire Department.

If you see a column of heavy smoke or flames, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Special Air Quality StatementEnvironment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Bracebridge and all of central Ontario.

High levels of air pollution are possible due to smoke from the forest fires across Canada. Smoke plumes from forest fires in Quebec may result in deteriorated air quality for most of the week. Air quality and visibility due to wildfire smoke can fluctuate over short distances and can vary considerably from hour to hour.

For more information on air quality, visit

Health and safetyWildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone's health, even at low concentrations. Take actions to protect your health by reducing exposure to smoke. Vulnerable populations including those with lung disease (such as asthma), heart disease, seniors, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke.

Stop outdoor activities and contact Ontario Health by dialing 8-1-1 or your health care provider if you or someone in your care experiences shortness of breath, wheezing (including asthma attacks), severe cough, dizziness or chest pains. Stay inside if you are feeling unwell and experiencing symptoms.


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