Fire Proof Your Life

Very timely article, written by our own KRAA neighbour, Andrew Hurlbut. In this tinder dry time in the area, Andrew provides lots of tips for reducing your fire risk – both for at home and at the camp. Check out his article at the link below:

Fire Proof Your Life: The Basics

Fire Ban Lifted

Effective immediately, the fire ban in Ward 2 is lifted.

For more information, visit Killarney's website.

Fire Ban 2022

The Municipality of Killarney declares immediate Fire Ban in Ward 2 effective 13 May 2022.

Effective immediately, Fire Chief Robert Campbell of the Killarney Volunteer Fire Department has declared a “Fire Ban” in Ward 2 on all open fires and burning (including incinerators and cooking and warmth) due to the dry conditions.

This notice also cancels all burning permits in Ward 2 until further notice.


Please keep your yards clean and free of any debris that may be flammable during these dry conditions.

This “Fire ban” will remain in effect until further notice.

Please note that Ontario Parks and Ontario NDMNRF have different regulations.

For more information, see the official announcement:

Photo of - In Memoriam - Victor Lorentz

In Memoriam – Victor Lorentz

Long-time Key Harbour Resident Vic Lorentz passed away on November 15, 2021 after battling cancer.

Victor Lorentz Survived by his wife Carol, his son Victor Joseph Lorentz and his sisters Lorraine (husband Stephen) Hallissey and Betty-Ann (husband Don) Byrne. Brother of baby James Albert Lorentz of Timmins Ontario (born and died 1942). Loving son of Victor James Lorentz and Johanna Madeline Lorentz (nee Shulist). Victor peacefully passed away with family at his bedside.

Sales and marketing were his strengths, working his way up through various sales positions in a variety of corporations to vice-president.

Victor had a passion for boating and fishing, relishing his great catches and the fun times spent with his friends. He was an avid reader of novels and was known for his quick wit, his infectious laugh while heaving his shoulders, his love of cigars and a good game of cribbage. His interests also included flying, achieving a Private Pilot’s Licence.

Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will occur to spread the ashes in the Key River, where Victor longed to be. Plans are for a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Donations, if desired, may be made toBethell Hospice Foundation15835 McLaughlin RoadInglewood, Ontario L7C 1H4.

Gone Fishing I’ve finished life’s chores assigned to me, So put me on a boat headed out to sea. Please send along my fishing pole For I’ve been invited to the fishin’ hole. Where every day is a day to fish, To fill your heart with every wish. Don’t worry, or feel sad for me, I’m fishin’ with the Master of the sea. We will miss each other for awhile, But you will come and bring your smile. That won’t be long you will see, Till we’re together you and me. To all of those that think of me, Be happy as I go out to sea. If others wonder why I’m missin’ Just tell ‘em I’ve gone fishin’.                        ~ Delmar Pepper

Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies Webinar Series

The Georgian Bay Association is hosting a series of webinars about the extreme water levels which we have experienced in recent years.

The Georgian Bay Association (GBA) and Georgian Bay Forever’s Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies Webinar Series is a collection of webinars aimed at answering those questions, providing strategies to adapt your property and your budget, and raising awareness about the extremes and variabilities that will impact the ecosystem and your family’s enjoyment of your favourite place on the Bay.

Sign up on the Georgian Bay website here:

Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 3:00 pm

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect until Friday September 24, 2021. This message will affect residents within the NDMNRF Parry Sound District which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.

For full details, see:



As an incentive for KRAA members to have the latest in essential fire protection equipment, Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora is offering KRAA members substantial discounts (in the range of 15-20%) on fire extinguishers, smoke and CO alarms etc. For example, a 1A fire extinguisher normally priced at $37.99, is being offered at $31.00.

Plus, Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora is giving discounts on many items on the Home Hardware website:

These incredible deals are being offered because Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora is owned and operated by Russ Barfitt, a KRAA member and PS-33 wildfire property survivor.

For those who can't easily get to Aurora, Russ is willing to bring smaller items up to the Key for delivery.

All told, this is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed.

So, have a look at your fire prevention needs, give Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora a call or email Russ ( Mention that you're a KRAA member (we're in their system), order your fire-fighting equipment – and, while you're at it, get whatever else you need.

Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora is located at 289 Wellington Street East, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 6H6.

Phone/text: (905) 727-4751. Fax: (905) 727-4813.


September 12 Water Levels Report

This month outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary’s River are predicted to be below average, not above average as they have been for almost 3 years prior to the spring of 2021. This shows that, under Plan 2012 balancing, the flow into Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be reduced...

Read the full report at:

GBA eUpdate

September, 2021By: Georgian Bay Association

Soak up the last rays of summer and our latest eUpdate.

In this edition:

Register Now for Our H20 2021 Webinar SeriesGBA is Seeking an Intern to Work on Coastal Protection ProjectsThe Decibel Coalition Needs Your Help!Election Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates Ontario Introduces a New Online Tool for Reporting Spills and PollutionThank You Councillor Grant Walker for Over 30 Years of Service Citizen Science Shows How Loons are Faring in Canadian LakesCurrent Water Levels Report See:

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