Ontario forest fires

    For your comparison

    Take a look at some of the big active fires right now compare to the infamous Timmins 9 fire of 2012. 

    The view from the northeast

    Shayne McCool, one of the ministry of natural resources' fire information officers, was just on CBC Radio's Ontario Morning talking to guest host Althia Raj. He gave an update on the situation in northeast Ontario.

    • There are 55 active fires in the area.
    • 21 of them are not under control.
    • 24 are being held, under observation or are under control.

    If you've been following along, you know that's a smaller amount of fires than the area had Monday, when there were 60. There are some concerns though as dry lightning is in the forecast. That's lightning without rain.

    McCool attributes dry lightning with the big spike in forest fires this year over last. By this point last year, there had been 190 fires. This year, there's been more than 800.

    When there is lightning without rain, “it doesn’t tend to cool the forest down," he said.

    The view from the northwest

    Northern Ontario is large. While much of the focus has been on the big fire near Parry Sound, there's also fires burning in northwest Ontario. We told you about the five new fires in that area a bit early, around Red Lake, Fort Frances and Dryden.
    There's a total of 77 fires are burning in the northwest, with 65 of them under observation, being held, or under control.
    The big fire to keep an eye on is Kenora 71. The ministry said that fire did receive some rain, which has reduced fire behaviour. It still measures 10,887 hectares in size and is not under control.
    A restricted fire zone now extends to include the communities of Caramat, Manitouwadge, Hornepayne and Hillsport.

    Where are the new fires?

    There are six of them, according to the ministry. 
    Five are in northwest Ontario. Three are in the Red Lake area, one is near Fort Frances and the largest (0.6 hectares) is outside of Dryden. They are all caused by lightning. 
    The other new fire is south of Sudbury, inside Killarney Provincial Park. It's small but under control. The cause is unlisted.
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