Thursday, August 11, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRE BAN ISSUED FOR THE MUNICIPALITIES OF GEORGINA, EAST GWILLIMBURY, WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE, KING, NEWMARKET and AURORA
Whitchurch‐Stouffville, ON – Effective immediately and until such time as further advised, Chief Fire Officials from the municipalities of Georgina, East Gwillimbury, Whitchurch‐Stouffville, King, Newmarket and Aurora have implemented municipality wide BAN ON ALL OUTDOOR AND OPEN AIR BURNING. This means outdoor burning for any purpose including recreational burning is not permitted.
Pursuant to local municipal by‐law and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, this ban will remain in effect until such time as ground, weather and atmospheric conditions permit. Residents are strongly urged to comply with this ban as it has been issued for their property protection, their safety and the safety of the firefighters that would have to respond to an incident started by the unlawful burning of materials.
The fire ban was lifted a couple of weeks ago (as per the member notice board) following some good rainfall. Thanks for bearing with us during the ban!🙂
Effectively immediately and until further notice we have opted to ban all fires/open flames at the Ranch due to the unseasonably dry weather we’re having. We are also asking all members/guests/visitors to try to conserve water as much as possible.
The lack of rain throughout June (it’s been the driest on record in over 4 decades) and our water usage mean that our main well is struggling to keep up. According to our awesome Ranch staff, the well is holding its own but especially during weekends we are using water more quickly than it can refill.
As such, we are asking that until further notice all members do as much as possible to conserve water where you can.
At the Ranch Board meeting on Saturday 25th June we decided it was in our best interests to temporarily ban open fires, including things like chimineas.
We appreciate that there is not a regional fire ban in place but the lack of rain and our sandy soil mean that our grass and trees are already very dry. Combined with the water issues mentioned above, we are concerned that in the event of a fire we could dry the well completely and not be able to put out the fire. To put it simply, as much as we all want fires they’re just not worth the risk right now.
As soon as our Ranch staff team advises that we’re safe to have fires again (probably after some decent rain to top up the aquifers and to help alleviate the dryness of the grounds, the ban will be rescinded.
We do appreciate that this impacts many of you, but hope that you understand our concerns and the need to protect the Ranch. In the meantime, we’ll all have to find more creative ways to gather to sing!
There are several lots currently available at the Ranch; some are vacant and some have trailers available.
If you’d like to join “Our Little Piece of Heaven”, or if you’re already a member and wanting to move, please see our ‘Available Lots‘ page!
After a heavy winter the Ranch season was a little later than is often the case to start, but now summer is well and truly under way! It’s always a relief to be back in our Little Piece of Heaven for another season.
Please watch for some updates coming soon to the website; they’re a little late in coming but I’m getting there. Thanks in the meantime to Barry Tripp for all the work he did to date as the PR and website guy – much appreciated.
See you all soon!
New(ish) Ranch PR Guy
The 2014 Annual Fall Membership meeting has now been completed. Your new Board of Directors has been elected. This information has been posted in the Members section.
The October 2014 Thanksgiving Bulletin can be viewed here:
Power To The People
A special thanks to our very own Power Rangers, Tom Sziklasi, Gary Morton and Wylie Forster and all of the other volunteers who were instrumental in the successful completion of this huge Harmony Ranch power infrastructure modernization project.
Marketing & Public Relations Guy