Active fire season in Ontario
July 12, 2016 – Lightning has sparked a number of forest fires in Ontario so far this season, according to a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry fire information officer.
Deb MacLean told CBC News lightning has been confirmed as the cause of of two fires in the Sioux Lookout district and two more in the Nipigon district.
Officials haven’t yet determined the cause of a 73,000 hectare fire that’s been burning in Woodland Caribou Park since early May.
More than 365 fires have been reported across the province so far this season (up from 340 fires in 2015). That number is expected to grow since the fire risk is classified as moderate to high in the northern part of the province.
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