News from The Moose FM Bracebridge Last Night…thanks Moose..
Muskoka Lakes Fire Chief Richard Hayes has given the all-clear for evacuated Milford Bay residents to return to their homes. He said members of his department will remain on scene throughout the night to keep watch at the scorched Huckleberry Rock site. There are a few remaining hot spots – he says he and others will return to the scene tommorrow to begin a comprehensive assesment of the blaze, that spread across six hectares at the location. Both he and Bracebridge OPP Inspector Ed Medved say its ‘more than likely’ there was a human element to the start of the blaze, but Medved says there is no direct evidence at this time linking it to specific individuals or groups. The fire started at Huckleberry Rock’s scenic lookout. Medved and Hayes remind there is a complete fire ban on in Muskoka. Medved relayed that even near the site of the fire today, a motorist was observed throwing a cigarette on the ground, and that this type of behaviour is reckless. Medved and Hayes praised the collaborative effort that occurred between the OPP, Muskoka Lakes and Bracebridge Fire Departments, the MNR and Medavie Paramedic Services in responding to the situation. In the end, thankfully, no one was hurt and no structures were burnt. The investigation will continue in earnest tommorrow morning.