Where go the humans...there goes fire.
To date for 2012 , there have been 252 forest fires in Ontario. Most of those in the North East Region. Twenty seven active fires ( not under control ) and another dozen inactive ( under control but not necessarily out) are keeping Ontario water bombers busy . One water bomber from Newfoundland and two from Quebec are assisting the fight.
To date , 4 472 hectares have burned . If you squeezed that all together , that is approximately 17 square miles of bush ( forest) right now. 4055 of those hectares began to burn this weekend . Only a few of those fires were caused by lightning . The majority are caused by those campers , fishermen and firework celebrations. A few are caused by chain saws and other equipment used in the forestry industry.
The interactive map put out by the Ministry of Natural Resources is an up-to-date source of info for Ontario. Only one of 10 provinces and three territories...all suffering the fire scourge. It is going to be a hot, dry, terrifying summer at this rate.
|Photos in/near Timmins ,Ontario by Julie Huppe-Thibault|
The fire near Kirkland Lake, Ontario .
|photo by Colleen Walker|
|Photo by Clayton McLaughlin|
|Photo by Mark Welch|
|Photo by Mary-Ann Thompson|
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